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Sports activities Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo up to date his NBA draft board this week. The Illinois duo of Ayo Dosunmu are each on it. Dosunmu’s projection has held regular, with the First Crew All-American more likely to be chosen within the late first spherical or early second spherical. Cockburn’s somewhat additional down the record — as in outdoors the highest 60 for a draft that goes … 60 gamers deep.
Here is a part of what Woo needed to write about each Illini:
On Dosunmu: “So far as the NBA is anxious, Dosunmu is being judged on his physique of labor, not simply Illinois’ unceremonious NCAA event exit. And he’s performed sufficient that it’s seemingly he hears his identify referred to as within the first spherical, along with his vary seemingly starting within the 20s and ending within the 30s. Whereas Dosunmu continues to be considerably caught between guard spots—he’s most likely not inventive sufficient to play level guard within the NBA, and his jumper isn’t so harmful that he’ll be an enormous menace on the wing—his constant effort and notable work ethic ought to assist him inch towards reliability regardless of the issues he doesn’t do as properly.”
On Cockburn: “His type of play is dated by NBA requirements, and additional hampered by the actual fact he doesn’t shoot threes or cross the ball properly. However guys along with his sheer dimension are inclined to get longer appears to be like as situational gamers, and whereas he might not get drafted, Cockburn will seemingly discover his approach onto a roster.”