Finishes well in and around the lane (59.6 career)
Does a good job rim running down the middle of the floor
Has good hands, catches everything you throw to him
Rebounds at a high clip (9.6 career)
Long and surprisingly athletic for his size
Not very active in PnR coverage – likes to sag back – no lateral quickness
Limited offensively outside of 10 feet
Foul prone – reaches too much
Poor passer out of the post
Kofi is physically dominant in the lane over his 3-year career at Illinois, if he touched the ball in the lane, it was likely he would convert. He also ran the floor well, rebounded at a high clip, and has good hands. He struggles in PnR coverage, where he doesn't move his feet well laterally, and he also needs to be a bit more intentional on defense as he tends to reach, which can get him into foul trouble.
The Wooden Award All American Team (2022)
Consensus All-American First Team (2022)
All-Big Ten First Team (2022 & 2021)
Consensus All-American Second Team (2021)
AP All-American First Team (2022)
AP All-American Second Team (2021)
Academic All-American Second Team (2021)
All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2020)
Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2021)
Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2020)
All-Big Ten Freshman Team (2020)
Nike Hoop Summit (2019 & 2018)
Nike Hoop Summit – Portland, OR – 4/8 – 12/2019
Didn’t play well this week, didn’t use his size and frame to impose his will on the interior. Seem to try to showcase he could shoot from the perimeter which he did not do well. Also played with too much finesse on the interior, opting for layup as opposed to dunks.
Cockburn is a strong rim protector, but really struggles when guarding non-bigs. He was in the 16th percentile in defensive versatility. A majority his possessions guarding outside of position were spent closing out to the three point line. He struggled mightily in switches, and fouled more often than any other big in the draft class when defending out of position.
This data was hand-tracked by AJ Wahl and Bryon Cook. Every single defensive possesion of each player's season was analyzed. This dataset includes all possessions when the defender is guarding on-ball, in man-to-man, and against a player not within their position group who shoots the ball, is fouled, or commits a turnover. The percentile listed above is a players standing compared to their postion group calculated by compliling and weighing various different metrics derrived from the hand-tracked data. This data only measures a portion of a player's impact, but it is clear that the ability to defend out of one's position group is a vital skill to contributing to winning basketball at the professional level.