SALT LAKE CITY, Ut (WCIA) — Dreams have come true for one former Illini. Kofi Cockburn has officially signed to the NBA.
The 7ft almost 300 pound center did not hear his named called in the draft last night, but once the draft ended, Kofi signed a contract with the Utah Jazz. Illinois basketball supported Kofi on Twitter.
The center averaged 20 plus points per game and 10 plus rebounds. When we spoke to Kofi at a NBA combine in Chicago last month, where he said getting to the NBA is his dream.
“My goal has been to go to the NBA for a very long time and I think that I’m ready right now to go to the NBA and I can’t put a price on my dream, you know, that’s my dream and I’m willing to chase it with all of this,” Cockburn said.
Kofi does has his chance to prove himself to the Jazz during their summer league. The Utah Jazz has a round robin tournament in Salt Lake City in July.
- July 5 at 7 pm vs. Thunder
- July 6 at 7 pm vs. Sixers
- July 7 at 6 pm vs. Grizzlies
7 players from the Big Ten Conference were drafted last night to NBA teams. Here’s a look at who was drafted to the NBA.
1. Magic draft Paolo Banchero (Duke)
2. Thunder draft Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)
3. Rockets draft Jabari Smith (Auburn)
4. Kings draft Keegan Murray (Iowa)
7. Blazers draft Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky)
8. Pelicans draft Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite)
9. Spurs draft Jeremy Sochan (Baylor)
10. Wizards draft Johnny Davis (Wisconsin)
12. Thunder draft Jalen Williams (Santa Clara)
14. Cavaliers draft Ochai Agbaji (Kansas)
15. Hornets draft Mark Williams (Duke)
16. Hawks draft A.J. Griffin (Duke)
17. Rockets draft Tari Eason (LSU)
18. Bulls draft Dalen Terry (Arizona)
20. Spurs draft Malaki Branham (Ohio State)
21. Nuggets draft Christian Braun (Kansas)
24. Bucks draft MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite)
25. Spurs draft Blake Wesley (Notre Dame)
27. Heat draft Nikola Jovic (Mega Mozzart)
28. Warriors draft Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee)
31. Pacers draft Andrew Nembhard (Gonzaga)
32. Magic draft Caleb Houstan (Michigan)
33. Raptors draft Christian Koloko (Arizona)
34. Thunder draft Jaylin Williams (Arkansas)
35. Lakers draft Max Christie (Michigan State)
39. Cavaliers draft Khalifa Diop (Gran Canaria)
41. Pelicans draft EJ Liddell (Ohio State)
42. Knicks draft Trevor Keels (Duke)
43. Clippers draft Moussa Diabate (Michigan)
47. Grizzlies draft Vince Williams Jr. (VCU)
49. Cavaliers draft Isaiah Mobley (USC)
50. Timberwolves draft Matteo Spagnolo (Vanoli Cremona)
52. Pelicans draft Karlo Matković (Mega Mozzart)
53. Celtics draft JD Davison (Alabama)
— Milwaukee (forfeited)
— Miami (forfeited)
54. Wizards draft Yannick Nzosa (Unicaja Malaga)
55. Warriors draft Gui Santos (Minas)
56. Cavaliers draft Luke Travers (Perth)
57. Blazers draft Jabari Walker (Colorado)