Kofi Cockburn returning to Illinois for junior season

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CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Center Kofi Cockburn will be returning to Illinois for his junior season, choosing the Illini over Kentucky and Florida State after entering the transfer portal.

Cockburn would be returning to an Illini team fresh off the heels of a Big Ten Championship. He previously declared for the draft before entering the portal to explore all his options.

In his last season, Cockburn had averages of 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds on 65% shooting from the field. Along with the Big Ten Championship, he was also Big Ten Freshman of the Year, All-Big Ten First Team and Consensus All-American Second Team with the Illini.

Cockburn is one of three returning starters, joining Trent Frazier and Jacob Grandison. The projected starting line-up includes transfer Alfonso Plummer and Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Andre Curbelo.

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