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Illinois center Kofi Cockburn (21) and Iowa’s center Luka Garza (55)in a semifinal matchup of the Big Ten basketball tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

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AP Top 25 beat writer Scott Richey's adjusted preseason All-America first team now that Kofi Cockburn has announced his return to the Illini:

Remy Martin, Kansas

Martin averaged 19.1 points in each of the past two seasons at Arizona State and was a more efficient three-point shooter last year than the year before. A new college basketball home shouldn’t change that.

Johnny Juzang, UCLA

Juzang had his breakout moment in the NCAA tournament, averaging 22.8 points and four rebounds and shooting 38 percent from three-point range in the Bruins’ run to the Final Four. Could he do that for a full season?

E.J. Liddell, Ohio State

The two-time News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year had a breakout sophomore season with the Buckeyes. What he does after becoming a true stretch 4 threat and more than doubling his scoring last season will be interesting to watch.

Drew Timme, Gonzaga

Timme is going to benefit from playing next to Chet Holmgren given the five-star freshman’s defensive ability. That should simply allow him be the guy that averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and 2.3 assists last year.

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois

Cockburn put up 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season playing with a high usage scorer in Ayo Dosunmu. Just imagine what the 7-footer could do in 2021-22 with Andre Curbelo in that lead guard role full time.

Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is srichey@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is srichey@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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