Konstantinos Koufos made up for a slight amount of upset of missing out on the gold medal by picking up the UMCOR U18 European Championship Men Most Valuable Player award.
Koufos blew the opposition off the court averaging 26.5 points, 13 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots whilst playing nearly every minute of the tournament for Greece.
“This is a proud achievement” said Koufos, despite his disappointment of not having the gold medal his performances deserved.
“A gold medal would have been better! MVP is usually the guy with the most points, but of course I’m still proud, you know”.
Koufos not only scored the most points but also had the most rebounds and the most blocked shots, as he scored double-doubles in all but one game of the tournament.
In the final he managed 33 points and 13 rebounds, but was still philosophical about his side’s defeat.
“Serbia is a great team,” he said.
“So you can’t be upset about losing to them. We just wanted to do better.”
The highly talented center, who was raised in Ohio in the US by his Greek mother, has dazzled scouts, fans and reporters who hadn’t had a chance to see his skills before this tournament due to him playing in the States.
Next season he will continue his highly promising career at Ohio State University.
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