Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn to transfer, remain in NBA Draft
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn will enter the Transfer Portal while remaining in the NBA Draft for now, according to Andrew Slater.
The 6-foot-11 Cockburn also considered UConn, St. John’s, PIttsburgh and Kansas before pledging to Illinois in January 2019.
Cockburn, who is not projected to be drafted in the July 29 NBA Draft per ESPN.com, 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.
The Draft withdrawal deadline is July 7.
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.