Koufos visits U of L, plans two more trips

Kosta Koufos, a 6-foot-10 junior from Canton, Ohio, recently made an unofficial visit to the University of Louisville. Rated the No. 20 prospect nationally by Scout.com in the Class of 2007, Koufos was so impressed with his visit to U of L that he scheduled two more unofficial visits to watch the Cardinals play this season.

Kosta Koufos, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound junior power forward from Canton, Ohio, recently made an unofficial visit to the University of Louisville and appears to be one of Rick Pitino's top recruiting targets in the Class of 2007.

Rated the No. 20 prospect by Scout.com, and the No. 8 power forward nationally, Koufos enjoyed his trip to Louisville so much that he has planned two more unofficial visits to watch the Cardinals play this season.

"It went well," Koufos said of his trip to U of L. "I visited the campus, and got to watch practice. Coach Pitino used a microphone during practice and it was very well organized."

Koufos exploded last spring at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, where he was rated the event's top big man. In July, Koufos, who averaged 15.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots last season, was selected to play in the all-star game at the Nike All-America camp in Indianapolis.

"Coach Pitino is recruiting me to be a "four" and play inside and out," said Koufos. "They have a great coaching staff and basketball atmosphere. There's no pro team in Kentucky, and Louisville is like a pro team there."


Koufos will visit Louisville twice this season to
watch the Cardinals play.

A talented inside player with strong scoring and rebounding skills, Koufos is also noted for his strong perimeter ability and three-point shooting range. The GlenOak standout admitted that the idea of playing in Pitino's system was "appealing."

Ohio State, where both of Koufos' parents attended, and Maryland, where he has family, both appear major players in his recruitment. In addition to his recent visit to Louisville, Koufos has also made unofficial visits to Ohio State and Maryland this fall.

Still, he maintains he has an open mind about his recruitment.

"Right now, I'm trying to keep my options open," said Koufos. "But Louisville is up there on my list."

Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois and Duke have also shown interest.

For now, though, Koufos is focused on his high school season which tips-off Dec. 2. GlenOak is ranked No. 5 in Ohio's top classification.

In his spare time, Koufos says he'll make two other trips to Louisville to watch the Cardinals play this season.

"I'm going to the Akron game Dec. 10, and UConn game Jan. 21," he said.


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