Catching up with Cousins

With all the mania surrounding the forthcoming John Wall decision, much of the talk regarding the Wildcat recruiting class has centered on the nation's top point guard. However the Wildcats currently have arguably the best recruiting class in the nation which is anchored by Demarcus Cousins. KSR had an opportunity to talk with Cousins about his recruitment and his future as a Wildcat.

With all the mania surrounding the forthcoming John Wall decision, much of the talk regarding the Wildcat recruiting class has centered on the nation's top point guard. However the Wildcats currently have arguably the best recruiting class in the nation which is anchored by DeMarcus Cousins. KSR had an opportunity to talk with Cousins about his recruitment and his future as a Wildcat.

With new coach John Calipari at the helm, the Wildcats will be recruiting a different brand of player in the future and the future is now with DeMarcus Cousins headed to Lexington next season. At 6-foot-9, 260 pounds, the first thought is that Cousins would be a bruiser type of player. But that's not necessarily the case. "I'm a very versatile player," said Cousins. "I can play anywhere on the floor. I think my greatest asset is my passing," he finished. Versatility is a major strength for the players that Cousins patterns his game after as well. "I try to play like Amare Stoudamire, Carmelo Anthony and Lamar Odom," he said.

While he is the nation's number six player, Cousins looks at points in his game the wants to improve. "I want to get better at everything. You can never stop getting better," he said. Demarcus did see where he got better over his senior season. "I just became a better leader. I thinking I improved that the most. Also, I worked on being more focused," he finished.

Cousins was focused. He lead his LeFlore High (AL.) to a berth in the Alabama state tournament, where they made it all the way to the semi-finals. His team was knocked off by another Wildcat signee, Eric Bledsoe.

Cousins had previously committed to his hometown UAB Blazers and then later to Memphis when Calipari was the head coach there. When Calipari left for Kentucky, Cousins followed suit.

"The biggest thing (about Kentucky) was the players who are there on the roster. And I like coach Cal. I think he can help me get to the next level," said Cousins.

DeMarcus never took an official visit to Lexington, but he did visit Kentucky for an elite camp when Billy Gillispie was there. "I have visited the school before. It was really nice. The facilities were great; the campus was nice. I was impressed," he said.

With Cousins in the fold and several key components coming together, many people think Kentucky can make a big run in the NCAA tournament next season. Arguably the biggest component announced that he was coming back to be a Wildcat for another year. How does Cousins see Patterson's return affecting the team next season?

"It's going to help a lot. He's an experienced player and a great leader," said Cousins.

DeMarcus Cousins is a five-star prospect according to Scout.com.


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