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Saturday / October 23.
  • Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn to remain in NBA Draft

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Illinois sophomore center Kofi Cockburn will remain in the NBA Draft, sources said.

    “Basketball took me places that I wouldn’t dare dream of as a boy, it taught me lessons in life,” Cockburn said in April when he announced he was testing the waters. “The NBA has been a life long dream of mine and I am ready to go to the next level and see what’s in store for me. This journey is really special to me and I appreciate everyone who played a part in getting me here. 21 out.”

    Cockburn, a 7-foot, 285-pound center out of Kingston, Jamaica, was named a consensus Second Team All-American during the 2020-21 season after averaging 17.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

    He joined Ayo Dosunmu as the second Illinois player to declare for the NBA Draft this offseason.

    Per NCAA rules, student-athletes can participate in the NBA draft process if withdrawn by Monday, July 19.

    Photo: Illinois Athletics

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.