What if the Illinois basketball team had both Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn return to the program next season?
This could be a reality is a matter of months. As of right now, I am not seeing any NBA mock drafts with either Ayo or Cockburn’s names listed in either round one or two. That could end up meaning both players return for another season with the Illini.
Now, if we had everyone possible return next season, that would put us at 14 scholarship players. We are only allotted 13 scholarships, so something would have to give there. I have a couple of players in mind who could end up transferring, but that would be reckless speculation right now.
Let’s just focus on the roster we could potentially have next season. There are so many talented players who would don the roster. A lot of these players would be top 100 recruits, which is a nice change of pace from the previous coaching regime. Brad Underwood has done a great job bringing in top talent. If the following roster comes back next season, I would imagine we would be one of the favorites to win the national title.
Here is the projected Illini lineup with Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn returning.