Koufos Working His Way Back

The broken foot Ohio big man Kosta Koufos suffered earlier this year sidelined him for much of his high school season. The seven-footer has since returned to action and is working to get him back to pre-injury form. In the meantime his recruitment continues to be as competitive as ever. Is the Maize and Blue a factor?

Slowly but surely, Canton GlenOak big man Kosta Koufos is rounding back into form. After being sidelined for a period of months with a broken foot he suffered back in January, the 7-foot 1-inch center is sharpening his conditioning and his game on the summer AAU circuit with the King James Shooting Stars. While he clearly was not his usual self when GoBlueWolverine observed him at the Spiece Run N' Slam Tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana last weekend, he still had a pretty nice couple of days. He displayed both the ability to score down low and to step out and hit the three. Every day youngster gains more confidence in his foot, but for the time being he will continue to be cautious while out on the floor.

“I am getting up and down the court better," said Koufos. "I feel I can do more, but at the same time I want to take it easy. I am supposed to see the doctor in a couple of weeks.

Much of Koufos' recovery has involved going through rehab and getting encouragement from his family. Another valuable component has been the support of his teammates.

“We have a very close knit team we all get along well and our coaches too," he said. "Our team plays very good together I like playing with them. They've helped me a lot."

Koufos' teammates weren't the only ones offering support. A few college coaches also made a habit of checking in on him and encouraging his progress. One of those coaches was Michigan’s top man, Tommy Amaker.

“Coach Amaker called me once a month just to see how I was doing," recalled Koufos. "He was very supportive of me during that time he told me to stay positive try not to come back too fast. The coaches… Amaker, Moore and Swenson have all shown me a lot of support.”

The Wolverines have long been considered by many to be an afterthought in Koufos' recruitment, but the young man himself insists that is not the case.

“I'm definitely still considering Michigan," said Koufos. "Michigan is a great place to get an education with everything that is there. I've felt very comfortable there and it is close to home, so that is a good thing.”

Koufos indicated that the schools he has focused in on are Louisville, Akron, Michigan, Ohio State and Maryland. He will be using the next few months to weight the pros and cons of each program…probably without the aid of additional visits.

“I have seen all of the schools already so I hope to start to make a decision before my basketball season starts,” Koufos said.

In another recent interview Koufos suggested his decision could come sooner rather than later.

“It may be between the NBA camp and the Nike camp,” said Koufos to Bucknuts.com last week.

That would set late-June/early-July as Koufos' decision timetable.

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