Koufos during a Nuggets vs. Lakers game on January 6, 2013
|No. 41 – Memphis Grizzlies|
February 24, 1989 |
|Nationality||American / Greek|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (213 cm)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||GlenOak (Canton, Ohio)|
|College||Ohio State (2007–2008)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|2009–2010||→Utah Flash (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Konstantine Demetrios "Kosta" Koufos (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Δημήτριος "Κώστας" Κουφός, Greek pronunciation: [kaːŋstaːŋtiːŋ dimitr̥iːʝos "koː'sta" ku'fas]; born February 24, 1989) is a Greek-American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Koufos played college basketball for Ohio State for one year before declaring for the 2008 NBA Draft.
High school career
Koufos attended GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio. He was a McDonald's All-American as a senior, and he was ranked the #3 center of the 2007 high school class by Rivals.com. He also played for the AAU team sponsored by LeBron James.
In 2007, Koufos finished second to Buckeye teammate Jon Diebler in the Mr. Ohio Basketball voting. During his senior season with GlenOak, Koufos was named the Division I player of the year and was also named First-Team All-State. He also earned First-Team Northeast Inland All-District honors.
The 2007 McDonald's and EA Sports All-American, Koufos averaged 25.9 points per game, 15.4 rebounds per game and 5.2 blocked shots per game. He was instrumental in GlenOak snapping Canton McKinley's 41-game win streak in January 2007, when he posted 32 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks to help the Golden Eagles edge the Bulldogs, 56–55, in overtime. The next day, Koufos recorded 32 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks against Detroit Country Day, to lead GlenOak to its ninth consecutive victory.
As a junior, Koufos averaged 24 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and four blocked shots per game and he was named Second-Team All-State. In April 2007, Koufos was a member of the Royal team in the Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden.
In 2007, Koufos joined the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he replaced Greg Oden at center. He was named the MVP of the 2008 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) after leading the Buckeyes to the championship by defeating the UMass Minutemen by a score of 92–85.
Over the course of his year at Ohio State, Koufos averaged 14.4 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 1.8 blocked shots per game.
On April 21, 2008, Koufos declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, but initially chose not to hire an agent; this would have allowed him to return to Ohio State if he withdrew from the draft on or before the June 16 withdrawal deadline. However, at the same time, it was speculated that he would leave the Buckeyes anyway to sign a professional contract in Greece. He turned down a 3 year €5 million euros net income contract offer from Olympiacos Piraeus, a Greek Basket League basketball club. On May 8, the Canton Repository reported that Koufos signed with Cleveland-based agent Mark Termini, thereby ending his college eligibility.
Koufos was selected by the NBA team Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. In March 2009, the Jazz assigned him to the NBA D-League club the Utah Flash. However, after the Flash's first playoff game, the Jazz recalled him from the D-League in time for the playoffs due to an injury to Jazz starting center Mehmet Okur.
On January 25, 2012, Koufos signed a three year $9 million extension with the Nuggets.
Greek national team
Koufos was a member of the junior Greek national under-18 team at the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Spain. He led his team to the final game and although Greece lost to Serbia, Koufos won the tournament's MVP award after leading the competition in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
In 2009, he debuted with the senior Greek national basketball team and competed at the EuroBasket 2009, where he won a bronze medal. He also played at the EuroBasket 2011. Koufos is considered to be one of the top Greek basketball center talents.
Koufos is the son of Katerina and the late Alex Koufos. He has an older sister, Maria, and an older brother, Vasilios. Koufos holds dual citizenship of both the United States and Greece.
Awards and accomplishments
- 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: Silver
- 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: MVP
- 2008 National Invitation Tournament: MVP
- EuroBasket 2009: Bronze
NBA career statistics
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|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Rivals.com 2007 center ranking.
- SportingNews: Koufos is Ohio State's Oden encore.
- Goodman, Jeff (2008-04-21). "Buckeyes' Koufos will declare, won't hire agent". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
- Basketcentral.it Koufos rejected offer from Olympiakos last summer.
- Collegebasketball.rivals.com : Koufos is Ohio State's Oden encore.
- Koufos hires Cleveland-based agent.
- Jazz Assigns Koufos to D-League.
- Utah Jazz: With Okur's status uncertain, Jazz recall Koufos. April 18, 2009.
- Jazz Re-Assign Koufos To D-League.
- Utah Jazz: Okur will return, Kirilenko won't against Celtics.
- "Wolves Acquire First-Round Draft Picks and Kosta Koufos". NBA.com. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- "Nuggets acquire five players, three picks in three-team trade". NBA.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- "Nuggets sign Kosta Koufos to contract extension". NBA.com. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- Nuggets Acquire F Darrell Arthur From Memphis Grizzlies
- FIBA Europe: Koufos Named MVP.
- ESPN.com Profile
- NBA.com Profile
- NBA D-League Profile
- NBA.com Draft Profile
- Koufos' Highlights From The 2007 Under-18 European Championship on YouTube