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It hasn't taken long for Kofi Cockburn to make an impact for Illinois men's basketball. The 7-foot freshman already boasts two double-doubles in three regular-season games.

Those performances resulted in a pair of Illini wins -- and Cockburn's first ever league award.

Cockburn on Monday was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Nicholls State last Tuesday, then posted 23 points and 14 boards in a triumph at Grand Canyon last Friday.

Cockburn is the first Illini freshman in 37 years to notch double-digit points and rebounds in both of his first two outings. He added another nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in Sunday night's loss at No. 21 Arizona.

Colin Likas is prep sports coordinator at The News-Gazette. His email is clikas@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).

Prep Sports Coordinator

Colin Likas is prep sports coordinator at The News-Gazette. His email is clikas@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).