Kosta Koufos: NBA Draft Profile

May 6th, 2008

Kosta Koufous


College:  Ohio State

Class: Freshman

Position: PF/C

Height:  7’0”

Weight: 265lbs


Accolades: NIT Championship MVP (08), Third Team All-Big Ten (08), Big Ten All-Freshman Team (08), McDonald’s All-American – high school (07), Greek Under-18 National Team (07), Under-18 European Championship MVP (07), Third Team All-American – Parade – high school (07).


Scouting Report:  A highly skilled big man with high-level international experience.


Strengths:  Big, strong frame.  Along with 7-foot height he has a long wingspan.  Hard worker – a gym rat.  Good hands.  Able to put the ball on the floor to score.  Uses the glass wisely on jump shots.  Tough rebounder.  Possesses three-point range on his jumper.  Great face up shooter.  Soft touch down low.  Great shot blocker.  Was the best player at a high-level international tournament last summer.  Seems to play better in big games.


Weaknesses:  Not super fast or athletic.  Tends to face-up to the hoop more than post up.  Can drift out to beyond the arc too often.  Still inexperienced – big guys tend to need more time to develop.  Does he have the foot speed to guard mobile NBA big men?


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Mid first round pick.


Consensus:  Players with Kosta Koufos’ size and skill package don’t come along too often, so his decision to enter the draft shouldn’t come as a surprise.  While he would probably benefit from at least another year in college, Koufos should be an early pick this year and could pan out to be an above-average pro.


Stats:  http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=36133  


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