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Jamaican-born basketball player Kofi Cockburn signs NBA contract with Utah Jazz

Former University of Illinois center Kofi Cockburn, born in Kingston, Jamaica, has officially signed with the NBA’s Utah Jazz. At seven feet and nearly 300 pounds, Cockburn averaged over 20 points per game and over ten rebounds. With his draft by Utah, Cockburn has realized his dream of going to the NBA and will have the opportunity to prove his abilities in the Jazz’s summer league game. The team has a round robin scheduled for July 2022 in Salt Lake City. The round robin takes place July 5-7, 2022, and the Jazz will face the Oklahoma City Thunder on the 5th, the Philadelphia Sixers on the 6th and the Memphis Grizzlies on the 7th.

Cockburn’s height is perhaps his most important skill, and his seven-foot height and seven-foot-three wingspan make him competitive with Udoka Azubuike, also of the Jazz, to see who can make his mark on the panel the most. faster. Cockburn is known to use his size well, both on offense and defense, and demonstrates impressive athletic ability throughout his game. He can also dominate as a rebounder who doesn’t rely solely on his size. On the other hand, Cockburn’s height may be a handicap in his ability to keep in switches. His free-throw skills could also be improved, but overall he has the potential to become a backup center for the Jazz. This will be one of the factors awaiting whoever becomes the Jazz’s new head coach.

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While at Illinois, Cockburn led the school to a 23–10 record, sharing a Big Ten championship with Wisconsin and giving Illinois a regular season title for the first time since 2005. He has also earned a first-team All-Big Ten title. for the second consecutive season and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards, and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award, given to the best center in the United States. Cockburn was ranked number 89 as a prospect in the ESPN 100 and made a name for himself as one of the most physically impressive players in college basketball.

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Cockburn had previously been in the NBA draft in 2020 and 2021 and, under league rules, was not allowed to withdraw his name for the third time. He said his goal has been to play for the NBA for “a very long time” and he believes he is ready and ready to apply his talents to his new team.