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How to Make it in America: Kofi Cockburn is Breaking Out
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (12:55 PM CT, Fri January 1, 2016)
Cockburn is one of the top 2019s in NYC.
Cockburn is one of the top 2019s in NYC.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Middle Village, NY (Future150) -- Every season, a number of prospects from around the world transfer to schools in the United States in hopes of getting more exposure and potentially better skil development. An added bonus is  that the players also get a chance to acclimate to the American game before they hit the college ranks. 

Kofi Cockburn is one of those players this year. The 6-foot-10, 240 pound native of Jamaica may have just gotten to Christ the King on September 24th, but he is wasting little time proving that he is already one of the city's top prospects. Cockburn's early success has come, in part, due to his physical tools and how they fit into the American game.

"It's very different because there is a lot more competition here, and the coaching is a lot better," he said of the transition from Jamaican basketball. 

While he is still playing freshmen ball, it's more to bring him along at his own pace and without a ton of pressure. Christ the King has plenty of talent on their varsity squad, and look poised to contend for another Catholic league title with or without their star freshman.

Right now he is focused on getting better and learning more about the game. He has two main goals as well. 

"I want to prove that Jamaica can produce very good players and that Christ the King is a very good program"  he said. 

If the start of this season is any indication, he will have little problem achieving both goals. 


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