Kofi Cockburn

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: CFROM: IllinoisHT: 7-0WT: 302
BORN: NAYEAR: So.WING: 7-6REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Kofi is a massive center with the brute force of an offensive lineman. He’s playing at an elite level in his second season and is looking more and more like a first round pick.

Kofi is an old school big man who acts as an enforcer inside. He establishes position well and throws his weight around in the paint. He’s a limited offensive player in terms of his ability to stretch out and hit the 3 but he’s a productive and effective post player who does a great job of taking it hard to the rim. His presence on the court can not be missed.

He’s got good feet for his size but doesn’t project as a very switchable big and will struggle to contain wings and guards at the next level. His interior defense is a big part of his appeal and his rebounding will certainly translate well.

Kofi has done a great job of working on his body over the past few years, looking much more slim, quicker and more explosive. If he can take his athleticism up one more notch, watch out!

Overall he’s not the most natural fit in today’s NBA but he’s such a powerful presence on the floor that he’ll find a way to make his mark. Look for him to rise up draft boards.


Comparisons

  • Kevin Duckworth+
  • a wider Steven Adams

Draft Projection

mid first to early second round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft

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2021 Center Rankings

  1. Evan Mobley – 7-0 – USC
  2. Ibou Dianko Badji – 7-1 – Senegal 
  3. Alperen Sengün – 6-9 – Turkey
  4. Day’Ron Sharpe – 6-9 – UNC
  5. Kofi Cockburn – 7-0 – Illinois (Jamaica)
  6. Charles Bassey – 6-10 – Western Kentucky (Nigeria)
  7. Ariel Hukporti – 6-11 – Germany
  8. Luka Garza – 6-11 – Iowa
  9. Sandro Mamukelashvili – 6-11 – Seton Hall (Georgia)
  10. Khalifa Diop – 6-11 – Senegal 
  11. Filip Petrusev – 6-11 – Serbia
  12. Neemias Queta – 7-0 – Utah St. (Portugal)
  13. Jericho Sims – 6-10 – Texas
  14. Armando Bacot – 6-9 – UNC
  15. Kai Sotto – 7-2 – Philippines
  16. Nfaly Dante – 7-0 – Oregon (Mali)
  17. Ikey Obiagu – 7-1 – Seton Hall