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 withdraws from NBA Draft, will remain in Transfer Portal
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn will withdraw from the NBA Draft but remain in the Transfer Portal, he told Joe Tipton Tuesday.
The 6-foot-11 Cockburn also considered UConn, St. John’s, PIttsburgh and Kansas before pledging to Illinois in January 2019.
Cockburn averaged 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds last season en route to First-Team All-Big Ten honors, and will be much sought after on the transfer market. Returning to Illinois also remains an option.
The Draft withdrawal deadline is July 7.
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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.