Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn (Kingston, Jamaica/Oak Hill Academy-Va.) has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. He earns the honor after averaging a double-double of 13.0 points and 11.5 rebounds with 1.5 blocks in a pair of Illini victories.
This is already the sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade for Cockburn, just 10 weeks into the 2019-20 season. He expands his school record for the most honors by an Illini, dating back to 2010-11 when the league began honoring a weekly outstanding freshman performer. It is the most Freshman of the Week awards by any Big Ten player, meanwhile, since 2014-15 when Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell was honored seven times during the season.
Cockburn recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and game- and career-high tying 17 rebounds in comeback win over Rutgers.