Cousins, Scout.com's 6th ranked recruit, made a commitment for the third time. After initially committing to UAB and then to Memphis, Cousins has now settled on Kentucky, where he'll play for John Calipari.
"I just committed tonight," Cousins said. "I'm going to UK. I'm relieved. Hopefully this is the last time [I commit]."
During the McDonald's All-American festivities last week, Cousins said he would likely reopen his entire recruitment, due to Calipari's departure. But after a few days at home, he talked it over with his family and went with the coach he knew the best.
"I thought about it and was thinking about who was the coach that I had the best relationship with and which coach could get me to the next level," Cousins said. "It came down to Coach Cal and what's the biggest stage I can play on. What's better than Kentucky?"
Although Cousins hasn't visited Kentucky recently, the talented big man did take an unofficial visit to campus towards the beginning of the Billy Gillispie era.
"I've been up there and I've seen it," Cousins said. "It's basically the same style. It's just the old family in a new place."
Cousins is Calipari's first commitment of the 2009 class. He joins a class that already consists Daniel Orton, who is ranked No. 12 overall, and top 50 prospect Jon Hood, of Madisonville (Ky.) North Hopkins.