Illinois Basketball: Illini all-time lists Kofi Cockburn will crack this season

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Mar 19, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn (21) reacts after a dunk against the Drexel Dragons during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Kofi Cockburn returning to the Illinois basketball program is the best news a fan could hear.

The Illini haven’t had a player like Kofi come through the program in years and maybe even ever. He is a special talent and the big man will be returning for one more year of sensational basketball.

Kofi’s presence on the basketball court is unmatched. He is someone who can take this Illini program from good to great just by being in the center of the paint. His great play over the years, and the potential he has for the upcoming season, is going to land Kofi on a ton of the Illinois all-time lists.

Here are the Illinois basketball all-time lists Kofi Cockburn will crack this season.

1. Total Points

When it comes to total points, Kofi Cockburn is full steam ahead. He currently sits at 961 points for his career and should hit the 1,000-point mark by game three if his points per game average remains the same as last season.

By the time Kofi’s third year is complete, he should have a total of 1,509 points if he puts up the same exact numbers as 2020-21. That would put the big man No. 12 on the Illinois all-time scoring list right behind Andy Kaufmann.

2. Season Field Goal Percentage

Kofi has been amazing around the hoop since joining the Illinois basketball program. This has enabled him to have a high field goal percentage. Last season, he ended the year shooting 65.4-percent from the field, which is No. 2 all-time in single-season field goal percentage. He is only behind Robert Archibald who shot 65.9-percent.

3. Career Field Goal Percentage

Since Kofi had a great second year with the Illini, he should be able to continue that trend. If he can hit his shots at a clip of 65.9-percent this season and fire up the same number of shots, Kofi would finish with a career field goal percentage of 61.7-percent. This would put him in a tie for No. 1 on the Illinois all-time career field goal percentage list. James Augustine also shot 61.7-percent from the field during his career.

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