Koufos has Big Night in Win

Canton Ohio's Kosta Koufos is off to a great start in the 2006-2007 basketball campaign for the GlenOak Golden Eagles. Koufos, 7" 1" and 230 pounds, missed most of his junior season with a broken foot. Koufos, who averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game last season, is listed as the number 3 power forward in the country and the number 10 prospect overall nationally by ScoutHoops.com.

GlenOak's star forward Kosta Koufos showed why he is one of the top prospects in America Saturday night. Koufos, ranked as the number 10 prospect in the nation by ScoutHoops.com, led the Golden Eagles to a 55-45 victory over Akron St.Vincent-St.Mary Saturday night. Koufos, who has signed a letter of intent with Ohio State, scored 27 points, pulled down 22 rebounds and blocked 6 shots in leading his team to the win.

Afterward Koufos spoke about his play and on his goals for this season.

"I think I played pretty well," Koufos stated. "We have a really young team this year and I'm being counted on to show leadership to our young players. We want to get better each night and my goal is to win a state championship this season. Personally, I'm working on improving everything about my game. I need to be a better rebounder and I'm working hard to be a better defensive player."

Koufos talked about finishing his high school career strong and is not thinking too much about playing for Ohio State.

"My main responsibility is to my teammates and coaches," he explained. "Ohio State is still a long way off. I still have a lot left to try to accomplish at the high school level. Of course, I watch Ohio State every chance I get. I was at the Ohio State-Michigan football game and I loved that experience."

Koufos also explained why he chose to play his college basketball at Ohio State after being offered scholarships by most of the top schools in the nation.

"Ohio State just seemed like the right fit for me, " said Koufos. "I really hit it off with coach [Thad] Matta right off the bat. Assistant coach Dan Peters was the coach who was recruiting me and we get along well also. Those two are great coaches and great people. I will look to them as mentors. I just love the way they coach. Also, Ohio State is close to home and that was real important. I liked Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and Louisville, but Ohio State is the right place for me."

GlenOak head coach Jack Greynolds talked about his senior superstar.

"As a player he's off the charts," Greynolds noted. "It's as a person that I'm most impressed with him. You just heard him speak and that's who he is. He doesn't try to be something he isn't. He has no ego at all. He just wants to win so badly and he's a great teammate. They all look up to him and he treats everybody so well. He's just a down to earth kid who's been blessed with a special skill. We need him to carry us this season and he's up to the role. It's been a joy having him, believe me."

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