"I didn't know the people, so I didn't want to travel. But she made me go," he laughed and said. "Me and my mom have always been close. When you live with somebody, you love her. Sometimes she is my best friend, too. I miss her always. I don't call her all the time now. I need some separation, but she knows I miss her. She will be here for games and if it wasn't for her making me travel all those years ago, I probably wouldn't be here now."
Instead, Cousins developed into a premier player in Alabama who averaged 24.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 3.2 blocked shots and 5.1 steals per game last year. He earned Parade and McDonald's All-American honors.
However, he's having to adjust his game now. He was used to just knocking players out of the way if needed in high school, but he sees no reason to change his style of play now.
"I guess you could say that. I just come to play. I don't have time to loaf. I am coming to cut your throat just like you are coming to cut mine," he said. "A lot of people have misunderstood me. I am not a bad guy. I can't blame people, though, for their opinions. I am here now and I like the big stage to show who I am. They will see what I am like. I am a bad ass on the court but I am a cool guy off the court. I do sometimes act like a big teddy bear off the court.