Kofi Cockburn announced Friday he's returning to Illinois after entering the transfer portal ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Cockburn told Joe Tipton of On3Sports about his decision to stay with the Illini after considering a move to Kentucky or Florida State.
The 7'0" center averaged 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his two years with the Fighting Illini. He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2020 and a consensus second-team All-American as a sophomore in 2020-21.
His brief transfer saga comes after the NCAA allowed athletes to move once without having to sit out a season to regain their eligibility. That opened the floodgates for players around the country to change schools.
ESPN's Jeff Borzello reported July 1 that Cockburn had entered the portal.
The 21-year-old told Jonathan Givony of ESPN five days later that he would be staying in college because he "wasn't happy with the input I was getting from NBA teams" and wanted to raise his NBA draft profile.