Former Cat on Cousins

Robey was the starting power forward on UK's 1978 national championship team and scored 1,395 points and pulled off 838 rebounds in 105 games. He was a two-time all-American and three-time all-Southeastern Conference player and has had his jersey retired by the Wildcats.

It's not surprising that one quality some find annoying about Kentucky freshman DeMarcus Cousins is exactly what Rick Robey likes the best about him.

Robey was the starting power forward on UK's 1978 national championship team and scored 1,395 points and pulled off 838 rebounds in 105 games. He was a two-time all-American and three-time all-Southeastern Conference player and has had his jersey retired by the Wildcats. He was the third overall player picked in the 1978 draft and scored 3,723 points in an eight-year professional career with three teams.

"I think Cousins is just dominating. He is strong, physical and takes the ball to the hole. He has a little nastiness about him," said Robey. "I think he is finally starting to get in better shape. At the beginning of the year it didn't look like he was in great shape, but he is starting to look like a basketball player, more like Patrick Patterson. I think he will be a first-round draft pick."

Remember, Robey had some of that nastiness in him and once prompted then LSU coach Dale Brown to talk about the "karate defense" UK played because it was so physical.

So does Robey like Cousins' nasty streak? "There is no question about it. You need someone like him," Robey said.

However, Robey likes more than just Cousins' physical demeanor and offered an insight I've not heard from anyone before.

" What I like about him is he takes everything to the basket. I was at a practice and I liked how he worked in practice. He got on guys and was a leader out there," Robey said.

"I remember they were messing up during a scrimmage and finally coach (John Calipari) said, ‘Hey, I have seen enough of this, let's start doing conditioning.' By golly Cousins was cursing and yelling at his teammates.

""I think he has a great attitude toward the game. He worked hard in practice and coach Calipari is really good for him and how he motivates a kid like Cousins. When I was playing, you didn't have that opportunity to go to the draft as a freshman. These guys are all potentially first round draft picks. For him to motivate Cousins the way he has so far is really interesting to me."


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