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Syracuse basketball offers elite Class of 2019 center Kofi Cockburn

Keep an eye on this kid.

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The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball program has extended a scholarship offer to Class of 2019 four-star center Kofi Cockburn, according to Andrew Slater of 247Sports.

Cockburn confirmed the news to TNIAAM on Monday evening.

“He’s a big, skilled center that has a ton of potential and room to grow,” an assistant for the NY RENS told TNIAAM on Monday. “He’s ranked as a Top 50 kid now, but he’s just getting started. He’s still learning the game.”

Cockburn, who stands at 6-foot-11, attends Christ the King in Middle Village, but is originally from Jamaica. He’s only played organized basketball for a few years.

The RENS, a Nike EYBL program, played in Virginia this past weekend at the first session of the season.

Adrian Autry and Jim Boeheim were both in Virginia this past weekend, although Autry was the only assistant that could talk to prospects. Coach Boeheim was in attendance as a parent. Gerry McNamara was in New York, which put the Orange at the limit of two coaches actively recruiting at one time.

247Sports lists Cockburn as the No. 5 center in the 2019 class, and a Top 50 player overall.

He has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Minnesota, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and VCU, among others.

He’s familiar with the Syracuse coaches and program, as he attended SU’s annual Elite camp last August. He was able to interact with the coaches, see the facilities and understand what Syracuse basketball has to offer.

I’m told, by a NY RENS assistant, that Kofi has high interest in the Syracuse basketball program and to fully expect the Orange to be contenders for his talents throughout his recruitment.

Kofi is AAU teammates with Bryce Wills and Khalid Moore, both of whom are SU targets as well.