Cousin Bursts on Scene

Marcus Cousin owes a debt of gratitude to Eric Boateng because without the highly rated Delaware big man, there's a chance the 6-8 1/2 Cousin never would have been spotted.

Maybe Marcus Cousin should send Eric Boateng a thank you card.

That's because the little-known Team Baltimore and Randallstown High (Md.) 6-8 1/2, 230-pound senior forward got a chance to show what he could do when he went up against Boateng, one of the top big men in the nation, last month at the Charlie Weber tournament.

It wasn't as if Cousin dominated Boateng or anything, but he showed enough promise to get some significant interest from the likes of Seton Hall, Nebraska, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Fordham, Penn State, Charlotte and Providence. Maryland even began calling.

``Everyone came to see Boateng," Marcus Cousin Sr. said. "Marcus is almost as big; maybe an inch shorter."

Cousin spent most of his high school career at Western Tech before transferring to Randallstown, where he averaged 11 points and 6 boards per game this past season. He missed much of this past year with a severe ankle sprain, so many coaches never got a chance to see him play.

Cousin, a defensive presence who has a nice touch and needs to build up his upper-body strength, has already visited Seton Hall and just returned from a trip to Nebraska this past weekend. He was planning on visiting Michigan State, but the Spartans elected to take a commitment from Idong Ibok instead. There is still a chance, according to the elder Cousin, that Marcus will visit Providence, Fordham, Penn State or Virginia Tech. It's likely that a decision will be made this week.

``At this point, Seton Hall is the leader but Nebraska is a contender as well," Cousin Sr. said. "He wants a chance to play. Not necessarily start, although that would be great. He just wants to get better every day since he's been developing so much lately."

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