Kofi Cockburn officially signs NLI


MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. (WCIA) — Kofi Cockburn is officially an Illini after signing his National Letter of Intent on Tuesday night. The 4-star, Top 50 player is the 6th highest rated prospect in program history since the recruiting era started in 2000, according to 247Sports.

“They have had good players before but I feel like it’s been awhile,” Cockburn said. “My thing is, I always want to be that person, that guy that has a big impact, everywhere I go. I want to go in there, I want to be a leader and I want to be the first person, the first freshman to go in there, have a big impact on the team and win a national championship and I feel like I can do that there.”

Cockburn is originally from Jamaica but spent his senior season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He averaged a double-double scoring 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, leading the team in rebounding, blocks and dunks.

“Kofi is a difference maker,” Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. “It is rare that you see a young man with his size who also has great athleticism and agility. He has a unique skill set to go along with his 7-foot, 290-pound frame in that he moves really well and is a good passer. With his size, ability to finish, and rebounding power, Kofi will impact the game on both ends of the floor.”

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