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Former Pitt Target Kofi Cockburn Enters Transfer Portal, Name Still in Draft

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On Thursday, hours before the July 1 deadline to enter the transfer portal with the possibility of immediate eligibility, Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn entered his name into the portal.

Cockburn announced his declaration for the NBA Draft back in mid-April, and on Thursday, reports got out that he would be entering the portal while also keeping his name in the draft.

Back in December of 2018, Cockburn, who spent two years playing for the Illini, listed a top five schools list including Pitt, UConn, Illinois, St. Johns, and Kansas. This past year, the 7-footer averaged 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, earning him consensus Second Team All-American honors as well as First Team All-Big Ten.

Many think Cockburn will ultimately follow former Illinois assistants Orlando Antigua (former Pitt player) and Chin Coleman to Kentucky. However, it will still be interesting to see if Jeff Capel and Pitt attempt to recruit Cockburn for a second time.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
3 months ago

After his play in the NCAAs, I see him being taken in the draft.
Nevertheless, he would be a big boost for Pitt.

TMG
TMG
3 months ago

Would be great ! But I’m afraid Orlando already has that kid gift wrapped.

dennis wagner
17 days ago
Reply to  TMG

Hire Orlando as H.C. in 2022, best recruiter in country, also better floor coach than Capel

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
3 months ago

He was never and will never come to Pitt. Stop beating a dead horse.

Joe Bunda
Joe Bunda
3 months ago

He’s back in the portal but he ain’t coming to Pitt.

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