Koufos returns from visit

Sidelined by a broken foot for the next month or so, seven-foot Louisville recruit Kosta Koufos made a visit to one of his three favorites to watch a big-time ballgame this week.

Make no mistake about it that Kosta Koufos would rather be playing. However, if there's a silver lining to the broken foot he sustained last month, it's that he has plenty of time to enjoy basketball outside of his own high school.

That was the case this past weekend as the 7-1 power forward from Canton GlenOak High School visited College Park, Md., to watch the Terrapins' home game against Duke.

"Maryland and Duke are so-called rivals, and it was crazy," Koufos said upon returning back from Maryland. "I mean the crowd was great, the whole game I have never heard so many bad words in my life. It was pretty exciting and we stuck around for the whole game. It was two of the top 10 coaches in the nation in Coach (Gary) Williams and Coach Krzyzewski. It was just amazing."

Currently, Koufos is still unable to begin rehab of the broken metatarsal that he suffered in a game in late January. The prognosis remains being out for 6 to 8 weeks.

He still is unable to do anything with the foot.

"Right now it's still off limits," Koufos said Sunday evening. "I'm going on Feb. 28 to get my cast off and we're going to see what we can do from there."

He said the doctor would take more x-rays to see if the bone has completely healed at that point, and if so, what sort of activity he could participate in as far as rehabilitating the foot.

At this point, a full recovery is expected by the middle of March, or thereabouts. Koufos didn't rule out a possible return to GlenOak for the remainder of the season if they are fortunate enough to be alive in the state playoffs by that time.

Koufos did say that he would make a full return to the King James Shooting Stars for AAU competition when it begins in full sometime in early April.

Koufos played his team's first 11 games. He averaged 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots prior to the injury. GlenOak was 8-3 when he went down. Since Koufos was sidelined, GlenOak has gone 4-3 without him in the lineup.

He talked about the rest of his experience at Maryland.

"We got to watch the game and after the game we got to talk to Coach Williams for about an hour," Koufos recalled, "so that's always a treat."

Visiting Maryland caused him to miss another one of his favorite schools on television.

Koufos mentioned attending the Ohio State-Michigan game next Saturday in Columbus, and maybe a trip to Michigan before the season is over, if time permits.

As far as the recruiting process, he said it is about the same with his favorites – Ohio State, Louisville and Maryland -- still atop his list and other schools like Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State are still involved.

As for a timeline, it still remains this summer most likely, give or take a couple of months.

"Nothing has really changed as far as that goes," Koufos concluded.

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