Kofi Cockburn in the transfer portal

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This...

Baylor ran us out of the gym and they had nobody that was remotely like Kofi. I enjoyed watching Kofi, as he was a beast of a talent and a great young man. I do think we have a better chance at a championship with a 5 that can pass well and make a higher % of free throws. Flyin Illini part 2....
You should rewatch that game. Kofi getting in early foul trouble was a big part of the L.
 
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Silver & Gold Vandals
I am not pessimistic about the Illini basketball program in the slightest because I think Brad and Whitman share a similar sentiment as I do. Illinois basketball values legacies more than most programs and I think they will do everything possible to make sure Kofi is back. However, I just worry about the optics of losing a player like Kofi to another school.
If you really are a graduate in just 2020, you are showing your youth and inexperience.
 
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Imagine being told back in April that Kentucky will poach Antigua, Chin, and Kofi from us this offseason..

(still holding out hope for Kofi)
And now imagine being told that Chester would replace the work of both OA and Chin!

….and Lieb would replace Kofi as our physical presence down low…

haha /s
 
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For those of you in need of some more Kofi content to keep you waiting, I compiled all of kofi's dunks from this past season that i could find from game recap videos on youtube around when the season ended in march...


Kofi's 2020-21 Dunks
I get the lack of passing and outside shooting skills as a weakness with Kofi at the pro level. However at the college level if you add fg attempts and to’s and divide into points, it is 1.12 points every time you give him the ball. Why would he pass it out when the team is .81. Maybe teams will find a ways to defend him in the future but not much of a problem with most teams now.
 
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A Kentucky insider is now saying he feels confident in Kofi choosing UK. Also, according to Adam Zagoria, FSU is in the mix? Interesting.
 
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Yep it appears I misread it. Further in the mentions, he had said yesterday UK fans were too nervous, now he's saying too confident.
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"Data has changed" appears to be how they say "recruiting is fluid" in Kentucky.

I don't know what the 'lockified' reference means - I'd guess that it's similar to "the announcers' curse" but with respect to proclaiming a recruit a lock and then having to change their story or concede that their information was invalid somehow.
 
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I get the lack of passing and outside shooting skills as a weakness with Kofi at the pro level. However at the college level if you add fg attempts and to’s and divide into points, it is 1.12 points every time you give him the ball. Why would he pass it out when the team is .81. Maybe teams will find a ways to defend him in the future but not much of a problem with most teams now.

I think you've hit the nail on the head. There were only a few teams that could defend him, and even then he was a load. BUT, he's not going to be nearly the mismatch in the NBA that he is in college. A player with one or two tricks almost never gets called in the first round. His strengths are the stuff of legend (PNR, power around the basket, physical rebounder, etc.), but he's got to show he knows when to pass it out, and then do so effectively. There's some irony that he's less marketable for powering through defenses --scouts don't think that will translate against NBA bigs.

To a casual fan, he looks absolutely dominant --he does a lot of things at an elite level (no hyperbole there). But scouts are projecting how he fits the modern game and thinking his weaknesses are limiting. Learning to recognize and anticipate double teams, and adding the passing skill to get the ball to the open man would put him in another category (bet Curbelo could help him). Also needs to improve his mechanics and gain some touch out to the FT line. Those things along with more fluidity from game experience, should move him into a first round pick. Those aren't easy improvements to make though. He's got his work cut out for himself.
 
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