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PHIL COFER

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Player profile

(Updated July 2018)
position
Forward
height
6-8
weight
218
year
Senior
hometown
Fayetteville, Ga.
high school
Whitewater

PHIL COFER'S CAREER HIGHS:

PTS: 28 at Duke (12-30-17)
REBS: 12 vs. UMass (2-23-14), Florida (12-4-17), Michigan (3-24-18)
BLKS: 2, 4x last vs. Virginia (2-12-15)
STL: 3 vs. NC State (1-17-15), Oklahoma State (12-16-17)

HONORS:

2018 NCAA Tournament West Regional All-Region Team
2017 ACC Academic Honor Roll

ON COFER: 

An ACC candidate as one of the most improved players in the entire country who returns for a fifth season as one of the Seminoles’ most talented, athletic and exciting players…granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA on May 25, 2018 giving him a fifth season to play and lead the Seminoles as a redshirt senior during the 2018-19 season…Florida State applied for the medical hardship waiver after Cofer played in only 11 games and 132 minutes as a sophomore during the 2015-16 season because of injuries…missed much of his second season as a Seminole after undergoing ankle surgery on January 4, 2016 – a procedure that kept him out of the lineup for the remainder of the season…has said that the time he spent on the bench sitting next to and learning from Associate Head Coach Stan Jones was incredibly enlightening…played in only 11 of 34 games as a sophomore…enters his redshirt senior season as a Seminole ranked 16th in school history with a career 3-point shooting percentage of .375…looking to become one of only 16 players in school history to shoot .375 or better from the 3-point line…his career-high of six 3-point shots made at Duke (Dec. 30, 2017) is tied for the 16th best single game effort in school history…enters his redshirt senior season with 814 points and needs only 186 to become the 47th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points…begins his redshirt senior season with 411 career rebounds and needs 89 rebounds to become just the 33rd player in school history with 500 career rebounds…has played in 111 career games entering the 2018-19 season and will look to finish his career as one of the Seminoles’ all-time leaders for games played by the end of the season…the all-time record for games played by a Florida State player is 139 by Okaro White (2011-14)…Cofer enters his final season as a Seminole averaging nearly 28 games played per season during the first four years of his career…with 64 career starts through his first four seasons he has the opportunity to become one of only nine players in school history to start 100 or more career games…he enters the 2018-19 season having started 35 consecutive games…has led Florida State to two NCAA Tournament appearances – the Elite Eight in 2018 and the round of 32 in 2017…has played in six NCAA Tournament games entering his redshirt senior season…averaged 10.5 points per game in Florida State’s incredible run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament with victories over No. 8 seed Missouri (March 16, 2018; 67-54); No. 1 seed Xavier (March 18, 2018; 75-70) and No. 4 seed Gonzaga (March 22, 2018; 75-60)…it was Florida State’s first trip to the Elite Eight since 1993…marked the first time in school history the Seminoles defeated three teams seeded higher than them in the NCAA Tournament…totaled nine points and four rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Missouri…scored 10 points and pulled down three rebounds in the Seminoles’ win over Xavier…scored seven points and blocked one shot as Florida State defeated Gonzaga…totaled a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds against Michigan (March 24, 2018; 54-58) as the Seminoles fell to the Big Ten Champions only one game short of the second Final Four appearance in school history…his career-high of six 3-point shots made at Duke (Dec. 30, 2017) are tied for the 16th best single game effort in school history…Florida State has been successful against nationally ranked teams during Cofer’s career with 16 wins of teams ranked in the nation’s top-25…helped the Seminoles defeat a school-record tying seven nationally ranked teams as a junior and gain wins over six nationally ranked teams as a senior…two of the wins over nationally ranked teams came against No. 3 Xavier (March 18, 2018; 75-70) and No. 8 Gonzaga (March 22, 2018; 75-60) in the 2018 NCAA Tournament…his play during the 2016-17 season helped Florida State earn a 26-9 record, finish in second place in the ACC standings and earn a school-record tying No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament…the Seminoles won a near-school record 26 games and tied the school record with 12 ACC wins during the regular season…has been a virtual highlight reel during his career who has exhibited an incredible array of high-flying dunks, blocked shots and rebounds that made the nation stand up and take notice of the ultra-talented forward…creates match-up challenges for opponents with his ability to move outside and shoot or post-up smaller players on the blocks…because of his ball handling abilities, he can dribble in traffic and passes well out of the post… a very powerful jumper…his versatility allows him to play on the perimeter and in the post…and is one of Florida State’s hardest working players who is a very high character person in addition to being a talented basketball player…his quickness allows him to out-maneuver players who might be taller than he is…runs the floor well and finishes around defenders…can score with his extremely quick first step and has the ability to start a primary break after working hard to earn a defensive rebound…is one of the most popular players inside of the Seminoles’ locker room and is known as a player who brings laughter and positivity to the entire team…earned the No. 1 Play of the Day on ESPN with his monstrous, seen and heard around the college basketball world dunk over ACC Player of the Year and 2015 No. 3 overall NBA Draft Choice Jahlil Okafor of Duke on February 9, 2015 as the Seminoles played host the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils in Tallahassee… Said ESPN’s Shane Battier: “This might be a SportsCenter Top 10 – Phil Cofer sending it in with authority over the big fella. This was a fantastic baseline attack by Cofer. One way to attack a shot blocker is to go right through his chest and that’s what he (Cofer) did right there. Very impressive, athletic play by Phil Cofer.”…a four-star recruit and the No. 56 overall high school basketball prospect in the nation in 2014 according to ESPN…the No. 8 overall ranked prospect in the talent-laden state of Georgia by the Phenom Hoop Report as a high school senior…the No. 6 ranked prospect in the class of 2014 by Georgia Hoops…a talented member of the Atlanta-based Team Georgia Elite coached by Al Outlaw…presented with the Mr. Hustle Award by the Florida State coaching staff at the Seminoles’ 2015 season-ending honors banquet…presented with the Sixth Man Award as a member of the Boom Squad at the 2017 Florida State Honors Banquet…a big winner at the Seminoles’ 2018 Basketball Honors Banquet as he was presented with the award as the Seminoles’ top 3-point field goal percentage shooter, the Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards Award and the Bob Sura Offensive Player of the Year Award…named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2017 for the first time in his career…the Seminoles were named as an Academic Team of Excellence by the NABC for finishing with a cumulative team GPA of 3.222 for the 2016-17 season.

AS A SENIOR (2018)

Averaged a career-high 12.8 points (first on the team), a career high 5.1 rebounds (second) and a career-high 29.3 minutes played (first) as a starter in each of the Seminoles’ 35 games as he led Florida State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament…led the Seminoles in games played (35), games started (35), minutes played (1,026), minutes played per games (29.3), field goals attempted (346), defensive rebounds (122), points scored (449) and points scored per game (12.8)…the Seminoles’ leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament with a 10.5 points per game scoring average and named to the West Regional All-Tournament Team in leading Florida State to the Elite Eight with wins over No. 8 seed Missouri (March 16, 2018; 67-54), No. 1 seed Xavier (March 18, 2018; 75-70) and No. 4 seed Gonzaga (March 22, 2018; 75-60)…it was Florida State’s first trip to the Elite Eight since 1993…averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot .846 from the free throw line (11 of 13) as Florida State tied its school record with three wins in the NCAA Tournament…named to the NCAA Tournament West Regional All-Region Team as he helped lead the Seminoles to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history…helped lead Florida State to six wins over nationally ranked teams as a senior – at No. 5 Florida (Dec. 4, 2017, 83-66), against No. 11 North Carolina (Jan. 3. 2018, 81-80), against No. 24 Miami (Jan. 27, 2018, 103-94 in overtime), No. 11 Clemson (Feb. 14, 2018, 81-79 in overtime), No. 3 Xavier (March 18, 2018, 75-70) and No. 8 Gonzaga (March 22, 2018, 75-60)…totaled a single-season career-high 449 points to put his career scoring total at 814 career points…he scored 449 points (12.8 ppg) as a senior as compared to 365 points in the first three seasons and 76 games of his career (4.8 ppg)…Cofer realized the third most improved scoring increase from his junior season (2.9 ppg) to his senior season (12.8 ppg) – an increase of +9.9 points per game – third most among all of the players in the ACC…scored in double-figures in a career-high 22 games – more than twice as many double-figures scoring games that he earned in the first three seasons of his career (10)…scored in double figures in a career-high 11 different ACC games…led, or was tied for the lead in scoring amongst his teammates in a team-high nine different games including six ACC games (28 at Duke, 21 vs. Miami, 23 at Wake Forest, 16 at Louisville, 17 vs. Clemson and 21 at Clemson) and in the Seminoles’ Elite Eighth game in the NCAA Tournament (16 points)…ranked second among his teammates with six games of 20 points or more scoring (21 vs. Kennesaw State, 22 vs. Oklahoma State, 28 at Duke, 21 vs. Miami, 23 at Wake Forest and 21 at Clemson)…second on the team with 178 rebounds and a single-season career-high 5.1 rebounds per game average…tied his career-high with 12 rebounds in Florida State’s 83-66 win at No. 5 Florida (Dec. 4)…also pulled down 12 rebounds in Florida State’s game against Michigan in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles…with his 12–rebound performance against UMass in the Naismith Hall of Fame Classic (Nov. 23, 2014), he has pulled down 12 rebounds in three different career games…totaled 10 rebounds in Florida State’s 80-76 win at Louisville (Feb. 3)…totaled five or more rebounds in 15 different games as a senior…third amongst his teammates with a single-season career-high 48 3-point field goals made…he made four times as many 3-point field goals as a senior than he did in his first three seasons as a Seminole (48-12)…made at least one 3-point shot in 26 of the Seminoles’ 35 games and made multiple 3-point shots in nine of the Seminoles’ 35 games as he illustrated how hard he has worked on his shot during his career…made four or more 3-point shots in four different games – his career-high of six at Duke (Dec. 31, career-high 28 points), five vs. Oklahoma State in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 16, 22 points) and four at Rutgers in the ACC Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 28, 19 points) and at Clemson (Feb. 28, 21 points)…made 29 3-point shots in 18 ACC games including six at Duke, five at Clemson and two each in the Seminoles’ wins over Syracuse (Jan. 13, 16 points), Miami (Jan. 27, 21 points), at Wake Forest (Jan. 31, 23 points) and against Virginia (Feb. 7, nine points)…made three long range shots against Louisville in the second round of the ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center (March 7, 12 points)…made one 3-point shot in three of the Seminoles’ four NCAA Tournament games (against Missouri, nine points; against Xavier, 10 points and against Michigan, 16 points)…totaled two double-doubles (10 points and 12 rebounds in Florida State’s win over Florida and 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Seminoles’ Elite Eight game in the NCAA Tournament against Michigan) to bring his career total to three…his first career double-double came at Pitt (21 points and 11 rebounds) on Jan. 14, 2015…scored 19 points and added four rebounds in a career-high tying 37 minutes in Florida State’s victory over Rutgers in the ACC Big Ten Challenge…made four of five shots from the 3-point line in the Seminoles’ win over the Scarlet Knights (Nov. 28)…scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Miami in Tallahassee (Jan. 27)…was his second consecutive game with at least 21 points as he totaled 23 points and four rebounds in Florida State’s game at Wake Forest (Jan. 31).

AS A JUNIOR (2017): 

Averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds as he played in 32 of the Seminoles’ 35 games including both games in the ACC Tournament and both in the NCAA Tournament…a starter in Florida State’s victory over George Washington in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and against Notre Dame in the second round of the ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn…earned playing time in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career with appearances against both Florida Gulf Coast and Xavier…scored his season-high of 13 points in 20 minutes of play in Florida State’s victory over Iona at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Nov. 15)…pulled down a season-high tying six rebounds in the Seminoles’ victory over the Gaels as the Seminoles improved to 2-0 on the season…totaled his season-high of 13 points and pulled down six rebounds in Florida State’s victory over the Gaels…scored seven points on a perfect three of three shooting from the field in the first half to lead Florida State to a robust 47-32 halftime lead on their way to a 99-78 win in upping their record to 2-0…finished the game as he made a season high of six field goals on eight attempts…was five of six from the free throw line in scoring nine points in the Seminoles’ 83-67 win over Manhattan at the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla (Dec. 17)…was a perfect two of two from the field and a perfect four of four from the free throw line in scoring eight points and leading the Seminoles to a 46-41 halftime lead over the Jaspers…scored four consecutive points for the Seminoles in a 50 second span (on a tip-in at the 15:34 mark and a layup at the 14:44 mark) to break a tie and give Florida State a 15-11 advantage…two of two free throws at the 5:18 mark of the first half broke a tie and gave the Seminoles a 34-32 advantage…the Seminoles led for the remainder of the game and took a 20-point second half advantage in winning their sixth consecutive Orange Bowl Classic victory…his five of six made free throws were both season highs…his five made free throws were only one off of his career-high of six that came at Pitt on Jan, 14, 2016…scored his ACC season-high of eight points in Florida State’s 95-71 win over NC State…made his career-high of two 3-point shots in the Seminoles’ win over the Wolfpack…totaled six points in ACC play in win over Clemson (Feb. 5) and against Virginia Tech (March 8) in the ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn…scored five points – three in the second half on a 3-point shot – in Florida State’s momentum building win over No. 11 Virginia in Charlottesville (Dec. 31)…his second half 3-point shot at the 13:07 mark proved to be one of the biggest shots of the season…his 3-pointer pulled Florida State to within one point at 39-38 after the Seminoles trailed by as many as five early in the second half. began a 25-19 game-ending run that helped Florida State go from a 39-35 deficit with 13:34 remaining to a 60-58 win on a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot by future NBA draft choice Dwayne Bacon with under five seconds remaining to be played in the game…productive with a 1.8 points per game and 2.0 rebounds per game averages in one of the most important six-game stretch in the history of the Seminole basketball program…the Seminoles earned a 5-1 record against six consecutive ranked teams (No. 11 Virginia, No. 23 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Duke, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 12 Louisville) – a streak that vaulted the Seminoles into the nation’s No. 6 ranking…totaled 11 points and 12 rebounds during the stretch including two points and four rebounds in Florida State’s 83-80 win over Notre Dame at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan, 15)…also scored five points in the Seminoles over Virginia in Charlottesville…averaged 11.2 minutes played per game in the season-defining six-game series…the Seminoles’ 5-1 record in this six games marked the most success an ACC team has ever had in a string of six consecutive games against nationally ranked teams…his season-high of six rebounds (including a season-high four offensive rebounds) came in Florida State’s 99-78 win over Iona and in the Seminoles’ ACC game at Pitt (Feb. 18)…also totaled five rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Samford (Dec. 19)…closed his junior season well on the boards with nine rebounds in his last three games including three in Florida State’s victory over Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament (March 8)…totaled seven steals with one each coming in seven different games…five of his seven steals came against ACC competition with one coming against Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament…played his season-high of 23 minutes in Florida State’s game at Pitt and played in double figure minutes in 24 of his 32 appearances…20 minutes or more in four different games – Iona (20), Temple (22), Samford (22) and at Pitt (23).

AS A SOPHOMORE (2016): 

Averaged 3.8 points, 2.0 rebounds 0.4 steals and 0.3 blocked shots while shooting .565 from the field in limited playing time because of an ankle injury…played in Florida State’s first 11 games of the season (all before the Christmas Holiday break) was a starter in Florida State’s first three games of the season (in victories against Nicholls State and Jacksonville and against Hofstra) and was a top reserve in his final eight games of the season…following the Seminoles’ victory over Charleston Southern on Dec. 21 he, along with Florida State’s coaching staff, decided to have surgery on a bothersome right ankle and put an end to his season…he underwent surgery on Jan. 4, 2016 and did not play in any of the Seminoles’ remaining games…also had a screw inserted into his left ankle about two weeks later…scored his season high of nine points in Florida State’s season-opening victory over Nicholls State (Nov. 15) and in the Seminoles’ victory at home against Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 13)…scored at least two points in nine of the 11 games in which he played…averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds as a starter and 3.2 points and 1.3 rebounds as one of the Seminoles’ first players off of the bench…scored six points in Florida State’s win over DePaul as he was a perfect three-of-three from the field in the Seminoles’ victory in the second round of the Paradise Jam (Nov. 21)…pulled down five rebounds against Nicholls State and against Hofstra in the first round of the Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands (Nov. 20)…totaled at least one rebound in 10 of the 11 games in which he earned playing time…earned 25 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ 109-62 win over Nicholls State and played in double figure minutes in seven of his 11 appearances…shot the ball well against Nicholls State as he made three of four shots from the field (.750 percent) and three of four shots from the free throw line (.750)…his nine-point performance against Southeastern Louisiana included two of three shots (.667 percent) made from the field and five of shots (.833 percent) made from the free throw line…shot .842 from the free throw line as he was perfect in victories over Jacksonville (two-of-two, 1.000 percent), VCU (two-of-two, 1.000 percent) and Mississippi State (two of two, 1.000 percent)…averaged 3.3 points in those three games with four points against Jacksonville, four against VCU and two against Mississippi State…was 16 of 19 from the free throw line in limited playing time as he worked tremendously hard to improve his stroke from the free throw line…shot .842 from the free throw line in limited playing time as compared to .632 from the free throw line during 34 games as a freshman – an improvement of 21 percentage points.

AS A FRESHMAN (2015): 

Averaged 6.9 points (fourth on the team), 4.5 rebounds (second) and 0.6 blocked shots (fourth) while starting 24 of 33 games – the final 24 games of his first season as a Seminole…ranked sixth on the team with a .456 shooting percentage and sixth on the team with a .632 free throw shooting percentage…among the ACC freshmen leaders in scoring (14th) and rebounding (eighth) and was one of only 12 freshmen in the ACC to rank in the top-15 in both scoring and rebounding…also finished 11th in the ACC among freshmen in blocked shots and 15th in field goal shooting percentage…inserted into the Seminoles’ starting line-up on December 17 against North Florida and played exceeding well enough to win the starting job at the power forward sport and hold onto the starting job for the remainder of the season…started the Seminoles’ final 17 ACC games of the season…the only ACC game he did not start was in December at Notre Dame…started each of the Seminoles’ ACC games during the months of January, February and March…his 149 rebounds ranks as the seventh highest total by a Seminole freshman…first career double-double came on the road at Pittsburgh (21 points and 11 rebounds) in his third career ACC road game…the 21 points ranks as his overall career and ACC-high while his 11 rebounds against the Panthers (Jan. 14) ranks as his ACC career-high and his second highest single game rebounding total…pulled down his career-high of 12 rebounds in his fourth career game against UMass in the final round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic (Nov. 23)…his career-high 21-point scoring game was the first time in his career that he has led the Seminoles in scoring…also led the Seminoles in rebounding with his career-high of 12 rebounds against UMass…was one of five Seminoles who scored at least 20 points in a game during the 2014-15 season…scored in double figures six times as a freshman including victories over Wake Forest (Jan. 28, 19 points), Boston College (Feb. 18, 13 points) and against Clemson in his first career ACC Tournament game (March 11, 10 points)… a very consistent scorer who finished fourth on the team in scoring with a 6.9 points per game scoring average despite scoring in double figures only six times…double figures came against ACC opponents four times including three during the regular season and once in the ACC Tournament (10 points against Clemson)…ranked second on the team as he led the team in rebounding eight times including in his first career game against Manhattan (six rebounds on Nov. 15)…also led the Seminoles in rebounding against UMass, North Florida (Dec. 17, eight), Stetson (Dec. 22, eight), at Pittsburgh, against Wake Forest (eight), against Boston College (nine) and against Clemson in the ACC Tournament (March 11, seven)…Florida State was 6-2 during his freshman season when he led the team in rebounding…his 12 rebounds against UMass in the final round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic were the most by any Seminole in a single game during the 2014-15 season…finished fourth among his Seminole teammates in blocked shots with 20…one of only 10 freshmen in the ACC during the 2014-15 season with 20 or more blocked shots…multiple blocked shots in four different games with two each against Northeastern (Nov. 18), UCF (Dec. 6), Wake Forest and at Virginia Tech (Feb. 7)…career-high three steals against NC State (Jan. 17) rank as his career and ACC high.

AT WHITEWATER: 

Graduated from Whitewater High School in 2013…averaged a double double of 18.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in two seasons as a member of the Whitewater varsity…shot .580 from the field during his two varsity seasons…totaled 116 career blocked shots including 73 as a senior (3.0 bpg)…averaged a double double of 19.3 points and 12.8 rebounds to go along with 3.0 blocked shots in 24 games as a senior…led Whitewater to an 18-10 record and a berth in the Georgia High School Scholastic Association Class 5A state tournament as a senior…earned All-State First Team honors in 2014 as he was named to the 5A All-State team by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…led Whitewater to the state championship playoffs and to the best record in Atlanta’s Region Class 5A classification…Whitewater won two games in the state playoffs in only the second appearance in the state championship tournament since the school opened in 2005…named the Fayette County Player of the Year and to the All-County First Team by the Fayette County News…an All-State Second Team selection to the American Family Insurance All-Georgia team in 2014…scored his senior season high of 35 points in a win over South Cobb and scored at least 20 points  nine times and scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games… totaled his season high of 19 rebounds in a win over Landmark Christian and pulled down at least 15 rebounds in six different games…recorded double figures rebounds in 21 of 24 games…totaled 10 double-doubles in points and rebounds in his 24 games as a senior…played in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s North-South All-Star game following his senior season…averaged a near double-double of 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds as a junior and scored his season high of 42 points in a win over Landmark Christian…scored 20 points or more seven times as a junior including his 42-point outing and a 30-point scoring game in a victory over Northgate High School…earned All-State Second Team honors in Class 5A from the Georgia Sportswriters Association as a junior…

PERSONAL: 

Born June 19, 1996…Philip is the son of Michael and Reba Cofer…Michael played football at the University of Tennessee and then in the NFL after being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1983…played 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Lions and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1988 after earning 12 sacks…led the Lions in sacks each season from 1987 through 1990…his father played at Tennessee under the legendry Johnny Majors…Reba played women’s basketball at Tennessee…originally signed with Tennessee but was released from his National Letter of Intent after a coaching change in Knoxville…narrowed his choices to Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in May of 2014 before deciding to become a Seminole…academic major is sociology.