Photo Credits: Paul Kasabian via Bleacher Report
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois Fighting Illini
Age: 20 (September 1, 1999)
Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Wingspan:7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
GP: 31, MP: 27.4, PTS: 13.3, TRB: 8.8, AST: 0.6, BLK: 1.4, STL: 0.5, TOV: 1.9, FG%: 53.2, 3P%: 00.0, FT%: 67.7
If The Hulk were to play college basketball, Kofi Cockburn would be his vigorous rival. Kofi’s earth-shattering 7’0, 290lb stature is a big (pun not intended) account for his fantastic rookie season success. Not only is he gigantic in a volume demeanor, but he’s also one of the strongest athletes I’ve witnessed in the collegiate arena. Offensively, Kofi generally operates in one of two ways: The good old pick-and-roll and the mid-to-low post. He’s a great roll man and an even better vertical finisher. Kofi was fortunately paired with an amazing pick-and-roll ball-handler in Ayo Dosunmu to create one of the best duos in the Big Ten. In the post, he uses his strength, frame, and surprisingly excellent footwork to bulldoze through double and triple teams like a knife cuts through butter. Additionally, he’s adept at finishing in transition – a highly valuable trait in the modern pace and space NBA.
Defensively, he’s a quality man defender (much thanks to his frame and athleticism) and a beast protecting the rim. Despite exhibiting top of the class block figures (11th in blocks per game and block % among all Big Ten athletes) he’s notably better at altering shots near the rim. In regards to rebounding, Kofi has the potential to become an 11-12+ boards per night rebounder in the NBA. His box out is quite effective and he contains loads of energy off the glass.
Nothing is to concerning for the Jamaican seven-footer, but he does possess a couple of faults worth mentioning. He has a limited jumper and certainly no 3-point shot. This is surely concerning but it doesn’t necessarily suggest he won’t thrive in the NBA. On defense, Kofi naturally struggles when switched onto versatile, quick forwards. He doesn’t have the best awareness and his reactions can be late.
In short, Kofi Cockburn is a promising big with much room for improvement. He’s a fantastic pick-and-roll roll man and post scorer. Albeit some defensive flaws, Kofi reveals prominence on both ends of the hardwood.