Big impact: Illinois basketball centers through the years

Big impact: Illinois basketball centers through the years

Kofi Cockburn measured in at 7-foot and 302 pounds at the Nike Hoop Summit, where he’ll represent Team World in today’s 9 p.m. game. Biggest Illini ever? The 2019 commit certainly has a case. Beat writer Scott Richey judges how he stacks up against the other 7-footers to don the orange and blue this century:

Nick Smith | 7-2, 250; Valrico, Fla. 

Tallest Illini ever was his most productive as a redshirt junior in 2003-04, but saw his minutes drop as Illinois reached the NCAA title game the next year.

Mike Tisdale | 7-1, 250; Riverton 

Bulked up from 215 pounds during his four seasons at Illinois, where he averaged double-digit points and at least four rebounds his last three years.

Meyers Leonard | 7-1, 245; Robinson

Last Illini standing in the NBA just finished his seventh season with Portland after leaving C-U following his sophomore year as a lottery pick.

Adonis De La Rosa | 7-0, 260; The Bronx, N.Y. 

Graduate transfer from Kent State averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds but wasn't the same in his lone year with the Illini after offseason ACL surgery.

Samba Kane | 7-0, 220; Dakar, Senegal 

True freshman showed flashes of his athletic potential in 2018-19, but arrived on campus late and struggled to catch up scheme-wise.