Is Kofi Cockburn staying at Illinois?
The rising junior center announced on Friday that he intends to play for Illinois during the 2021-22 season. ... Staying at Illinois, Cockburn will potentially enter the season as a favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year, and possibly the Naismith Trophy. He led the nation last season with 78 dunks. The Champaign RoomKofi Cockburn returning to Illinois for junior season
Where is Kofi Cockburn going?
The biggest men's basketball name to enter the transfer portal in, well, the history of the transfer portal is not transferring after all. Star big man Kofi Cockburn, a 2020–21 consensus All-America honoree, is headed back to Champaign for his third season at Illinois, he announced Friday. Sports IllustratedAfter a Rough Offseason, Illinois Strikes Gold With Kofi Cockburn's Return
16 July, 2021 - 09:01pm
Kofi Cockburn announced Friday he will return to Illinois for his junior season. He was also considering the Florida State Seminoles.
Cockburn and the Kentucky Wildcats had been linked together ever since he announced he would be transferring from Illinois. His main recruiter at Illinois was Orlando Antigua. One of the main reasons Cockburn entered his name into the transfer portal was Antigua and fellow Illinois assistant Chin Coleman left for Kentucky.
“Kentucky? It’s a serious option. Antigua is my guy. I’m going to consider them, but there is a lot of schools. I wasn’t really focused on that while I was in the NBA Draft. Now I can take my time and evaluate it better.”
However, things never progressed far enough between Kentucky and Cockburn, as John Calipari allegedly never even spoke to the All-American center who will now be one of the top national player of the year favorites next season.
On to the next one.
16 July, 2021 - 09:01pm
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As expected, Kofi Cockburn is returning to Illinois. The seven-foot, Second Team All-American from Kingston, Jamaica, just announced that he’s going back to Urbana-Champaign for his junior season after withdrawing from the NBA Draft ten days ago.
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) July 16, 2021
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— Kofi Cockburn (@kxng_alpha) July 16, 2021
Florida State and Kentucky were Cockburn’s other two finalists, although KSR learned earlier this week that the Cats’ interest in him was not as high as it originally seemed, to the point that he and John Calipari never communicated directly. From here, Kentucky will continue to pursue Jalen Duren and develop its frontcourt of Oscar Tshiebwe, Daimion Collins, Keion Brooks, Lance Ware, Jacob Toppin, and Bryce Hopkins. Today, Calipari and the entire coaching staff were at the Peach Jam to watch Duren and other targets.