Each day Abstract | Illini hoops numbers of newcomers; Cockburn awaits draft day name

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Illinois basketball introduced the variety of eight newcomers to this system on Wednesday.

  • skyy clark: No. 55
    • The freshman goaltender, a high 40 prospect, is just the second Illinois participant to put on No. 55, following Shaun Pruitt (2005-09). Clark is the primary guard to put on a quantity within the Nineteen Fifties in over 50 years.
  • Dain Dainja: No. 42
    • Dainja wears the identical quantity he wore at Baylor. He’s the primary Illini to put on the quantity since Tyler Griffey (2010-13). The opposite Illinis to hold the quantity are Brian Randle (2004-08) and Mark Smith (1978-81).
  • Jayden Epps: No. 3
    • The primary-year goaltender, one of many 50 greatest prospects in response to 247Sports, takes the quantity worn the final two seasons by Jacob Grandison. Different notable Illini to put on the quantity are former All-Large Ten guard Brandon Paul (2010-13) and Chester Frazier (2006-09), now second-year Illini assistant coach who recruited Epps.
  • Sencire Harris: No. 1
    • The four-star rookie takes up the quantity worn for the previous 5 seasons by All-Large Ten guard Trent Frazier. The quantity has had an occupant since 2007 with Trent Meacham (2007-09), DJ Richardson (2010-13) and Jaylon Tate (2014-17) additionally carrying the quantity.
  • Matthew Mayer: No. 24
    • The switch from Baylor will bear the identical quantity he wore at Waco. The final two occupants of the quantity have been additionally transfers: Mark Alstork (2018) and Rayvonte Rice (2014-15). The quantity has had impactful occupants, together with Mike Davis (2008-11), Sean Harrington (2000-03), Richard Keene (1993-96) and Efrem Winters (1983-86).
  • Ty Rodgers: No. 20
    • The freshman winger, a high 50 prospect, takes over the quantity vacated by one other powerful and versatile participant: Da’Monte Williams (2018-22). The one different Illini to put on the quantity since 1995 was Myke Henry.
  • Terrance Shannon: No. 0
    • The switch from Texas Tech is the sixth participant to take the quantity within the final decade. The primary two occupants of the quantity have been transfers (Sam Maniscalco, 2012; Sam McLaurin, 2013) and three gamers who ultimately transferred (DJ Williams, 2016-17; Alan Griffin, 2019-20; Brandin Podziemski, 2022).
  • Paxton’s Guardian: No. 22
    • The freshman takes over Austin Hutcherson’s quantity. Earlier Illini to put on the quantity embody Maverick Morgan (2014-17), Jereme Richmond (2011), Lucas Johnson (1999-2002), Kiwane Garris (1994-97), Doug Altenberger (1983-87), Perry Vary (1979 – 82) and Johnny “Crimson” Kerr (1952-54).


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Two-time All-American heart Kofi Cockburn will not wait any longer to take his first steps as knowledgeable basketball participant. The NBA Draft begins at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, NY. Cockburn, an Illinois junior, just isn’t projected by most pundits to be drafted within the 58-pick draft in two rounds.

  • If not chosen, Cockburn — a consensus first-team All-American final season who averaged 20.9 factors and 10.6 rebounds — is more likely to be an undrafted precedence free agent and doubtlessly a candidate for a two-way NBA contract, which pays half the rookie minimal (about $502,000).
  • Regardless of his dominance on the school degree, many evaluators doubt the 7-foot, 285-pound heart’s match within the fashionable, wider NBA recreation.

What’s at stake: Illinois hopes to have gamers drafted back-to-back for the primary time since 2005 (Deron Williams and Head of Luther) and 2006 (Jacques Augustin and Dee Brown).

Cockburn within the NBA Draft standings

  • ESPN: No. 65
  • CBS Sports activities: No. 70
  • Athletics: No. 73
  • NBADraft.web: No. 87
  • Sports activities Illustrated: No. 91

Sam Vecenie’s abstract of The Athletic on Cockburn (get your NBA Draft Guide):”Cockburn is so huge, robust and athletic that it would not shock me to see him stick round as a reserve heart. He has instruments that only a few NBA facilities have. It’s, nonetheless, going to be restricted to particular patterns, as a result of lack of expertise in altering path. He desperately wants to enhance his safety on the ball, much more so than attempting to develop a jumper or enhance as an offending shooter. He improved there as a junior, however he isn’t prepared for the NBA. I might relatively take a flier on the wings than have a backup heart, given the place the league goes. He could possibly be a pattern-specific two-way participant – relying on whether or not a workforce thinks they’ll actually work with their drop protection angles in ball screens, his footwork – and will proceed to work on enhancing his body.

Illinois Coach Brad Underwood stated final week of Cockburn: “I am excited for him. I’ve good hope. He was very strong in his coaching. He did what he needed to do to place himself for the draft. Kofi just isn’t for everybody. The model of play of some groups, they don’t want it. They do not desire a huge man, however there are some who do. We’ll see the way it goes in per week. I pray for him. I am excited for him. Clearly, the legacy he left right here is unparalleled. We are going to shoot for him in future tasks.


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ESPN’s high NBA draft skilled Jonathan Givoney tweeted about Illinois guard Alphonse Plummer yesterday. The third-team All-Large Ten guard averaged 14.6 factors and shot 40.8 p.c on three final season with Illinois after being traded from Utah.

  • Plummer is brief at 6 toes and has defensive points, however he was among the finest 3-point shooters within the nation.

Givony tweeted: “I count on a flurry of exercise as quickly because the draft is over as groups place themselves for summer season league, home-and-away video games, ex-10s, and so on. Curious to see the place Illinois’ Alphonse Plummer, among the finest shooters in school basketball, lands. Some Patty Mills/Bryn Forbes in his recreation.”

Plummer stated throughout an interview with the Indiana Pacers’ public relations workforce after a pre-draft apply: “I actually really feel like I have an effect on the sport. My capturing skill additionally creates numerous house for the opposite guys…as a result of I get numerous consideration simply by shifting across the pitch as a result of the gamers cannot let me free, so I really feel prefer it’s positively going to assist numerous groups in the course of the course of.

And after: Plummer is unlikely to be drafted, however he might earn a spot on a summer season league roster, which might create skilled alternatives within the NBA, G League or different skilled leagues. Plummer was chosen with the fourth draft decide for the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, a league in his native Puerto Rico, so he additionally has that choice.


Class of 2023 four-star guard Cori Allen made unofficial go to to Illinois girls’s basketballl, she posted on Instagram on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10 Nashville, Tenn., native performs at Montverde Academy and is the No. 93 general prospect for the Class of 2023, in response to ESPN Hoop Gurlz Rankings.

  • ESPN scouting report: “The athletic guard manages and assaults within the transition recreation; leads, ends video games by contact; drives and delivers in visitors; mid-range playmaker, elevate defenders in the important thing; 3 level recreation risk.

Illini connection: Allen posted a photograph from his unofficial go to alongside skyy clarkwho can also be from Nashville and performed at Montverde Academy.


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Former Illinois vast receiver Dalevon Campbell introduced on Wednesday that he can be transferred to Nevada. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound redshirt sophomore performed 23 video games in three seasons with Illinois and had six receptions for 98 yards.

Background: Campbell was a late addition to the Illinois Class of 2019 at Fort Bend Marshall in Missouri Metropolis, Texas. As a highschool senior, he caught 21 receptions for 545 yards and 7 touchdowns and in addition received the Texas 5A 4×200-meter relay state title.

Illinois Switch Departure Locations


Illinois Males’s Tennis Coach brad dancer introduced the hiring of former Illini Tim Kopinsky as assistant coach on Wednesday. Kopinski returns to his alma mater after a 2021-22 season in the identical function with Charlotte Athletics. Kopinski takes the place left by Harry Jadun who left this system to take up the place of head coach at Michigan State.

Dancer stated in an announcement: “I wish to first congratulate Harry (Jadun) on his new place and acknowledge the trouble he has put into our program in a short while. We’re delighted for Harry. So far as Tim (Kopinski) is anxious, it’s a individual we inform tales about on a regular basis in our program. Tim’s imaginative and prescient, tenacity, relentlessness and pursuit of objectives are intertwined with our successes over the previous decade. TK bleeds Orange and Blue, he can be a a tireless recruiter and can join with our student-athletes. He’ll have interaction our neighborhood and make a distinction within the lives of individuals right here all through the State of Illinois. We’re thrilled to welcome him to our dwelling.”

Kopinski stated in an announcement: “I am unable to thank Brad and Josh sufficient for this chance. Coming again to Champaign and training the Illini is without doubt one of the biggest honors I can think about. There’s an depth and keenness locally that makes it the one of the crucial particular packages within the nation.. Brad (Dancer) and Marcos (Asse) have completed a tremendous job through the years. I sit up for constructing on the wealthy historical past of this system and serving to our students- present and future athletes to pursue excellence in all areas.



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