Illinois Basketball: Things I am thankful for in 2019

Thanksgiving is upon us and there are multiple things I have thankful for when it comes to the Illinois basketball team.

I am thankful: Ayo Dosunmu returning for his sophomore season

Ayo could have declared for the NBA after his freshman campaign. He averaged 13.8 points, 4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in year one. He would have been somewhere in the late second round as an NBA pick too.

But I am thankful Ayo came back for his sophomore season. This not only will help him with his draft stock, but it also helped Illinois win more basketball games this season. The Illini would have been left without one of their three-headed guard monster in Ayo Dosunmu, Andres Feliz and Trent Frazier. This Illinois team would have been thin too.

I am thankful: Kofi Cockburn picked Illinois

A player of Kofi’s status spurs the Illini the majority of the time. This kid could have gone to just about any program he wanted to play for coming out of high school. Teams like Indiana, Oregon and UConn were all coming after him. But he picked Illinois.

I am thankful Kofi decided to go with the Illini. He brings a big man skillset that I haven’t seen suit up for the Orange and Blue in my lifetime. Kofi has averaged 15.3 points, 12 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, and he is only a freshman. His future is extremely bright.

I am thankful: Illinois landed Adam Miller

The day where both Ayo Dosunmu and Andres Feliz are no longer suiting up for the Illinois basketball team is quickly approaching. This is the final season for both of these talented guards. So, the Illini will need suitable replacements.

I am thankful we were able to land Adam Miller for the class of 2020. This kid is one of the best players in the country and is someone who can enable this team to have a seamless transition from Ayo. I think Miller is going to step into the starting role on this Illinois team and do wonders for the program.