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For tomorrow, we’re suspending a better examination of this week’s Related Press High 25. In any case, it isn’t on daily basis that two Illinois gamers find yourself as end-of-season finalists for a nationwide participant of the 12 months award. That was the information Monday for Illini level guard Ayo Dosunmu and heart Kofi Cockburn, with their inclusion on the checklist for the Wood Award.
The Illinois duo have been two of 20 gamers on the watch checklist. A roster that leaned closely towards the Huge Ten with seven of the 20 convention gamers. I am going to do the mathematics for you. That is 35 p.c of the candidates.
Dosunmu is among the many nation’s prime scoring leaders and one in every of solely two gamers nationally with a mean of at the very least 21 factors, six rebounds and 4 assists. At 21.9 factors per recreation, Dosunmu is tied for fifth within the nation in scoring alongside Coastal Carolina junior guard DeVante Jones.
Cockburn is averaging a career-best 16.9 factors and 10.three rebounds this season. The 7-footer Illini can be tied Four-way for the nationwide lead with 11 double-doubles on the season. The opposite three gamers are Western Kentucky’s Charles Bassey, Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor and Little Rock’s Ruot Monyyong.
The duo of Cockburn and Dosunmu make Illinois one in every of three multiplayer colleges on the late-season Wood awards watch checklist. The opposite two are Gonzaga (Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, and Jalen Suggs) and Villanova (Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl).
The complete watch checklist is as follows:
- Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky
- James Bouknight, Connecticut
- Jared’s Butler, Baylor
- Marcus Carr, Minnesota
- Justin Champagnie, Pittsburgh
- Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
- Cade Cunningham, State of Oklahoma
- Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
- Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
- Luka Garza, Iowa
- Collin Gillespie, Villanova
- Quentin Grimes, Houston
- Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
- Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
- Carlik Jones, Louisville
- Corey Kispert, Gonzaga
- Evan Mobley, USC
- Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova
- Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga
- Drew Timme, Gonzaga