After three seasons as an Illinois Fighting Illini player, Kofi Cockburn will enter the NBA Draft

IllinoisJunior Kofi CockburnWill enter the 2022 NBA draft, and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

Cockburn stated Wednesday that she was closing one the most incredible chapters in her life. “I am proud of the things we did in college, but it doesn't get any better. It's a daunting task now, and I'm eager to rise to the occasion to prove people wrong.

“Imagine me at my college entrance three years ago. People would be amazed at the incredible progress I made in becoming an All-American two times. In my professional career, I plan to do the exact same thing: push my game to new heights.

Cockburn was already drafted twice by the NBA in 2020 and 2021. According to league rules, he cannot withdraw his name for consideration for a third, which makes him ineligible from an NCAA perspective.

Cockburn declared, “I am 100% in now.” “I'm not returning to college. I am signing with Todd Ramasar. “I've tried the waters before, and I'm 100% determined to go all the way.”

Cockburn was a consensus First-Team All-American and the only college basketball player to average more than 20 points per game. Cockburn helped Illinois win a 23-10 record, and the Big Ten championship. The Fighting Illini also shared his success. Wisconsin. This was the first regular-season title won by Illinois since 2005.

Cockburn said, “If we watched us play it was a lot ups and downs.” It was difficult with many injuries, COVID, and players coming in and going out. We had to adjust. Many people will wonder in years to come what it was like to play college football during a pandemic.

“It was difficult to be an All-American for two consecutive years. We won regardless. We won the Big Ten's most games in the last three seasons of any team. This will be a memory that will last forever. NBA teams know I'm a winner. Although I enjoy having fun, I am also a competitor. It was not about me. Winning was always my priority. This speaks for itself.

Cockburn, a 7-foot-1, big man, was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He was first-team All Big Ten for the second consecutive season. Cockburn was a finalist in several player of year awards, including Naismith and Wooden, as well as Kareem AbdulJabbar, which is presented to the nation’s best center.

Cockburn stated that his dream was to be a great player in the NBA, particularly from Jamaica. “I play for something bigger than me. This is my country, my people.

Cockburn is the No. The ESPN 100's No.89 prospect, Cockburn has been a physical imposing player in college basketball for the past three seasons with his 7-foot-4 wingspan, 9 foot-3 standing reach, and 285-pound frame. Synergy sports technology ranked his 341 points scored with the back to the basket second in college basketball.

He said, “I know that I'll have a different play at the NBA than I was when I was in college.” “I'm excited for the opportunity. It won't be about being low-post against double teams. I am actually happy to not see double teams. My commitment to being the best fit athlete possible is what it will be from now on. The level of physicality, and the conditioning displayed by the league is inspiring me. That's where my goal is. Although there is no fat on me, I can still lean out to get faster, faster, and more athletic.

The NBA values Steven Adams and Jonas Valanciunas as players. They know how to set screens, how pick and roll works, how to slip and seal and how to rebound and block shots. My size is a huge advantage in the NBA. To be happy, I don't have to use the ball.”

Illinois will have to replace the top seven scorers on its Big Ten championship team with Cockburn, who is now in the professional ranks. Alfonso Plummer, Trent FrazierAnd Da'Monte WilliamsAll out of eligibility after five college years. Sophomore Andre CurbeloWhile a senior, the student elected to transfer to St. John's. Jacob GrandisonHe is not yet sure if he will return for his fifth season.

Illinois has brought in three top-100 prospects, Jayden Epps (Skyy Clark), Ty Rodgers (Skyy Rodgers) and it is expected to aggressively pursue veterans in the transfer portal, particularly in the frontcourt. Power forward for the sophomore class Coleman HawkinsLooks poised for a breakthrough season and a freshman small forward RJ MelendezWhen she entered college, she was highly respected.

The NBA draft combine is May 16-22, Chicago. Draft will be June 23rd, Brooklyn, New York.

Jonathan Givony, an expert on the NBA Draft, is also the co-owner and founder of DraftExpress.com. This private scouting service and analytics platform is used by NBA, NCAA, and International teams.

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