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.

1st Round:

1. Magic draft Paolo Banchero (Duke)

2. Thunder draft Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)

3. Rockets draft Jabari Smith (Auburn)

4. Kings draft Keegan Murray (Iowa)

5. Pistons draft Jaden Ivey (Purdue)

6. Pacers draft Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona)

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)

11. Knicks draft Ousmane Dieng (New Zealand Breakers) — Traded to OKC

12. Thunder draft Jalen Williams (Santa Clara)

13. Hornets draft Jalen Duren (Memphis) — Traded to DET in 3-team deal

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)

19. Timberwolves draft Jake LaRavia (Wake Forest) — Traded to MEM

20. Spurs draft Malaki Branham (Ohio State)

21. Nuggets draft Christian Braun (Kansas)

22. Grizzlies draft Walker Kessler (Auburn) — Traded to MIN

23. Sixers draft David Roddy (Colorado State) — Traded to MEM

24. Bucks draft MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite)

25. Spurs draft Blake Wesley (Notre Dame)

26. Mavericks draft Wendell Moore Jr. (Duke) — Traded to MIN

27. Heat draft Nikola Jovic (Mega Mozzart)

28. Warriors draft Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee)

29. Grizzlies draft TyTy Washington Jr. (Kentucky) — Traded to HOU

30. Thunder draft Peyton Watson (UCLA) — Traded to DEN


2nd Round:

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)

36. Blazers draft Gabriele Procida (Fortitudo Bologna) — Traded to DET

37. Kings draft Jaden Hardy (G League Ignite) — Traded to DAL

38. Spurs draft Kennedy Chandler (Tennessee) — Traded to MEM

39. Cavaliers draft Khalifa Diop (Gran Canaria)

40. Timberwolves draft Bryce McGowens (Nebraska) — Traded to CHA

41. Pelicans draft EJ Liddell (Ohio State)

42. Knicks draft Trevor Keels (Duke)

43. Clippers draft Moussa Diabate (Michigan)

44. Hawks draft Ryan Rollins (Toldeo) — Traded to GSW

45. Hornets draft Josh Minott (Memphis) — Traded to MIN

46. Pistons draft Ismael Kamagate (Paris Basketball) — Reportedly traded to DEN

47. Grizzlies draft Vince Williams Jr. (VCU)

48. Timberwolves draft Kendall Brown (Baylor) — Traded to IND

49. Cavaliers draft Isaiah Mobley (USC)

50. Timberwolves draft Matteo Spagnolo (Vanoli Cremona)

51. Warriors draft Tyrese Martin (UConn) — Traded to ATL

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)

58. Pacers draft Hugo Besson (New Zealand Breakers) — Reportedly traded to MIL