Three on top for Koufos

Kosta Koufos returned to action this weekend at the King James Shooting Stars Classic and appeared to be rounding back into old form Saturday morning. The 7-0 center said three schools have moved out in front and discussed his recruitment following the game.

Kosta Koufos returned to action this weekend at the King James Shooting Stars Classic and appeared to be rounding back into old form Saturday morning.

The 7-0 Koufos broke his foot earlier this year, and returned to the court Friday night for the first time since suffering the injury. Saturday morning, Koufos scored 18 points using a variety of post moves and outside jump shots in a 63-55 win over Fox Valley.

Following his second outing of the tournament, Koufos said he's feeling a lot better.

"It feels pretty good," said Koufos of his healed right foot. "Obviously it's going to be a little bit sore. I've been working out for about a week for my first game. I can't do everything like cutting, but winning is winning. I'm happy about winning."

With his foot now fully recovered, Koufos is working hard to regain the stamina and conditioning he had prior to the injury.

"I've just got to get my wind back," Koufos said. "I think I'll get my wind back in about a month."

Koufos said not much has changed with his recruitment in recent months.

"It's been pretty steady," Koufos said. "All the same colleges are still recruiting me. Ohio State, Maryland, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, and Akron. It's been pretty much steady."

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Saturday morning that Koufos has narrowed his choices down to three schools – Ohio State, Louisville and Maryland. Asked if that report were accurate, Koufos said, "I'd probably say Maryland, Ohio State and Louisville, but I'm just trying to get healthy right now."

Koufos explained what he's looking for in a college.

"I want to go to school where I feel comfortable with the coaching staff and where they have a good recruiting class coming in," Koufos said. "As long as the (school) is on the eastern coast or in the midwest I'm happy with that."

Having already taken unofficial visits to his three favorites, Koufos said he might check out Michigan this summer. Wolverines coach Tommy Amaker was on hand Saturday morning to watch Koufos' in action, as were Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and Maryland head coach Gary Williams. Michigan State sent an assistant. No coach from Louisville was present Saturday morning.

"Right now I'm just focused on tournaments," Koufos said. "But I might go visit Michigan a couple times and workout with a couple of their players."


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