Of Kofi Cockburn (and that screaming Northwestern fan)

Of Kofi Cockburn (and that screaming Northwestern fan)

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CHAMPAIGN — The last time Illinois landed five-star prospects in back-to-back classes. Lon Kruger pulled it off with Frank Williams and Brian Cook. That was so long ago that Williams' son, Da'Monte, is now an Illini sophomore.

But Kruger isn't the only Illinois coach to have that kind of recruiting success. Brad Underwood doubled down by signing five-star guard Ayo Dosunmu in the 2018 class with a commitment from 2019 five-star center Kofi Cockburn on Sunday — providing some good news after a 68-66 loss at Northwestern (and the Wildcats' screaming fan who managed to disrupt radio and BTN broadcasts).

Cockburn fills a need for the Illini. The 6-foot-10, 280-pound center is a physical presence in the paint. One that makes the 2019-20 Illinois frontcourt even stronger alongside current Illini Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Samba Kane and fellow 2019 commit Antwan January.

Of course, recruiting never stops. Illinois still has one open scholarship to use in the 2019 class. A trio of four-star, top 100 wings are on the Illini's radar in Terrence Shannon Jr. at IMG Academy (Fla.), Cockburn's Oak Hill Academy (Va.) teammate Christian Brown and Dutch standout Tristan Enurana out of Wasatch Academy (Utah). And don't forget one-time Illinois target Kaden Archie, who is transferring from No. 25 TCU after playing 10.1 minutes per game in 10 games for the Horned Frogs.