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Illinois All-Big Ten C Kofi Cockburn enters transfer portal

Jun 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Kofi Cockburn participates during the NBA G League Elite Camp at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Projected to be a second-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Illinois All-Big Ten center Kofi Cockburn is keeping his options open by entering the transfer portal.

According to multiple reports, Cockburn intends to weigh the career decision ahead of next Wednesday’s deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft.

Cockburn averaged 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Fighting Illini last season, but big changes are afoot in Champaign.

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Fellow All-Big Ten guard Ayo Donsumu left for the NBA, the team lost three assistant coaches and standout freshman Adam Miller transferred to LSU.

Cockburn, a 7-footer from Jamaica, weighed over 300 pounds in high school and trimmed down to around 275 pounds.

He is still developing as a basketball player, as noted by current Illinois coach Brad Underwood, and has more power and girth than quickness and touch.

In 2018 during his recruiting process, Cockburn named Illinois, Connecticut, Kansas, Pitt and St. John’s as his five finalists.

Only Illinois and Kansas, under the direction of one-time Illini coach Bill Self, have the same head coach four years later.

–Field Level Media