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Report: Former Kentucky Wildcats star DeMarcus Cousins earns spot on Olympic team

It appears that former Kentucky standout DeMarcus Cousins has earned a spot on the 2016 Olympic basketball team.

According to a report by ESPN's Marc Spears, the Sacramento Kings center was notified by USA Basketball that he will be part of the team that will compete this summer in the Rio, Brazil, games. Cousins averaged 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this season, earning a spot on the NBA Western Conference All-Star Team.

His former UK teammate, John Wall, as well as 2012 Olympian Anthony Davis, were also finalists for the team, but both have declined the invitation in order to recover from injuries.

Several other NBA stars from the U.S., including MVP Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, have also declined invitations.

Three other players from the UK program -- Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle -- will be part of the USA Select Team that helps train against the national team this summer in preparation for the Olympics.


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