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Freshman center retains option to return to Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kosta Koufos, a 7-foot freshman center on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, will notify the National Basketball Association of his intentions to enter the 2008 NBA Draft. The Canton, Ohio, native will not immediately sign with an agent, leaving open the possibility of a return to the Buckeyes for his sophomore season in 2008-09.

Koufos averaged 14.4 points a game as a rookie for the 24-13 Buckeyes with 6.7 rebounds a game and a team-high 67 blocks. He averaged 18.2 points over the final five games of the season while Ohio State made its run to the 2008 National Invitation Tournament title.

His efforts in wins over Mississippi and Massachusetts in the NIT semifinals and finals in New York led to his being named the event MVP.

Koufos’ Career Statistics
  Total 3-Point Total Rebounds  
  G GS Min. Avg. FG FGA Pct. FG FGA Pct. FT FTA Pct. Off. Def. Tot. Avg. PF D Ast. TO Blk. Stl. Pts. Avg.
2007-08 37 36 1,003 27.1 222 437 0.508 22 63 0.349 68 100 0.680 98 149 247 6.7 81 0 19 55 67 16 534 14.4
TOTAL 37 36 1,003 27.1 222 437 0.508 22 63 0.349 68 100 0.680 98 149 247 6.7 81 0 19 55 67 16 534 14.4
 
Koufos’ Big Ten Conference Career Statistics
  Total 3-Point Total Rebounds  
  G GS Min. Avg. FG FGA Pct. FG FGA Pct. FT FTA Pct. Off. Def. Tot. Avg. PF D Ast. TO Blk. Stl. Pts. Avg.
2007-08 18 17 503 27.9 91 197 0.462 9 32 0.281 33 46 0.717 48 73 121 6.7 38 0 7 27 31 9 224 12.4
TOTAL 18 17 503 27.9 91 197 0.462 9 32 0.281 33 46 0.717 48 73 121 6.7 38 0 7 27 31 9 224 12.4
 
Koufos’ Career Postseason Statistics
  Total 3-Point Total Rebounds  
  G GS Min. Avg. FG FGA Pct. FG FGA Pct. FT FTA Pct. Off. Def. Tot. Avg. PF D Ast. TO Blk. Stl. Pts. Avg.
Big Ten 1 1 31 31.0 8 13 0.615 2 3 0.667 1 3 0.333 1 4 5 5.0 3 0 1 3 2 0 19 19.0
NIT 5 5 138 27.6 40 61 0.656 3 7 0.429 8 13 0.615 13 18 31 6.2 16 0 5 7 8 2 91 18.2
TOTAL 6 6 169 28.2 48 74 0.000 5 10 0.000 9 16 0.000 14 22 36 6.0 19 0 6 10 10 2 110 18.3