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Kofi Cockburn Rolling In 30-Plus Offers, Waiting For More

Kofi Cockburn Rolling In 30-Plus Offers, Waiting For More

2019 big man Kofi Cockburn has over 30 division one offers, but is still waiting on the blue-bloods to come calling.

Apr 28, 2018 by Adam Zagoria
Kofi Cockburn Rolling In 30-Plus Offers, Waiting For More

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kofi Cockburn, the 6-foot-11 big man from the NY Rens, got a big-time win against James Wiseman and the Bluff City Legends here at the Nike EYBL Session II stop on Saturday -- and it should only help his recruitment heat up.

Cockburn is looking to cut a group of schools that currently includes Georgetown, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio State, Villanova, Syracuse, St. John's, UConn and Tennessee. Many of those were on hand to watch him go for 23 points and 7 rebounds in a 77-72 victory over Bluff City. Wiseman, who is being courted heavily by Kentucky and Memphis, managed just 8 points and 5 rebounds in the game.

"He's a great big man, he got a lot of skill and he's very physical, so it was a challenge for me," the 7-foot Wiseman said.

Cockburn said he plans to cut his list to 10 schools "after AAU

"I have like 30 [offers] now," he said. 

Cockburn recently picked up offers from Kansas and Tennessee but said he wants to hear from the "blue blood schools" -- Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina. 

"It's always good to have them on your stuff and they produce pros every year," he said. "And that's one of my goals, is to become a pro."

Going forward this summer and at Christ the King High School under coach Joe Arbitello, Cockburn wants to work on "conditioning, being a better leader, getting better every day, keeping in shape."

For now, Cockburn and the Rens rebounded from a  tough loss late Friday night against the Las Vegas Prospects by downing Wiseman and Bluff City. 

"Yeah, it's a really good win because it shows that we can come out and compete against any team," he said. "They're very skilled. We just came out and played very hard."

In addition to playing in front of a slew of coaches this spring, Cockburn also had the honor of playing for the World Team in the Nike Hoop Summit earlier this month in their win over Team USA in Portland, Ore.

"It was a great experience," he said. "Getting out there and playing with the top player in the country, R.J. Barrett, and I learned a lot from the other players. It was really great going out and playing in front of such a crowd. It helped me learn right now so when I do have to play in front of them again, I won't be that [nervous]."

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who runs ZAGSBLOG.com and contributes to The New York Times. Follow Adam on Twitter.