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REPORTS: Kofi Cockburn enters transfer portal, keeps name in NBA Draft

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Per a report from Andrew Slater, Kofi Cockburn has entered his name in the transfer portal while keeping his name in the NBA Draft.

Cockburn declared for the draft back in April, but still shows up undrafted on most mock draft boards at the moment. He participated in the G-League Elite Camp in Chicago in June.

He has until July 7 to take his name out of the NBA Draft or forego his collegiate eligibility.

The door would still be open for Cockburn to return to the Illini should he choose to go that route.

In May, Cockburn announced he would be staying in the draft, essentially ending his college career after two star-studded seasons.

The Kingston, Jamaica, native is coming off a season in which he averaged 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. It was Cockburn — not Luka Garza, Trevion Williams or Trayce Jackson-Davis — who led the Big Ten in double-doubles and rebounding.

Cockburn was the only player in the NCAA to average at least 15 points and 9 rebounds while shooting at least 60% from the field. As a result, Cockburn’s excellence earned him a spot on the All-Big Ten First Team and as a Second Team All-American.

If he stays at Illinois, he would enter his junior season potentially as a favorite for Big Ten and/or National Player of the Year. He led the nation last season with 78 dunks.