NBA Rumor: Kofi Cockburn Going Pro?

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Kofi Cockburn, a 7-foot, 285-pound center, has done everything but come right out and say that he’s remaining in the 2021 NBA Draft and won’t be returning to Champaign. The Jamaica native made a post on Instagram on Tuesday with a heartfelt caption, signaling that his time with the Illini is over. “Extremely happy to have been apart of and represented a program like this, I enjoyed every single day I spent in Champaign and I am proud of the growth I had while I was there, words can’t express how much I love the Illini and I wouldn’t trade that part of my journey for the world,” Cockburn wrote.

Kofi Cockburn staying in the draft

Illinois sophomore center Kofi Cockburn will remain in the NBA Draft, sources said. “Basketball took me places that I wouldn’t dare dream of as a boy, it taught me lessons in life,” Cockburn said in April when he announced he was testing the waters. “The NBA has been a life long dream of mine and I am ready to go to the next level and see what’s in store for me. This journey is really special to me and I appreciate everyone who played a part in getting me here. 21 out.”
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