Waiting on NBA draft, Cousins unchanged

As the NBA Draft gets closer, Monique Cousins insists nothing is really changing for her despite the national attention her son, DeMarcus Cousins, is receiving.

As the NBA Draft gets closer, Monique Cousins insists nothing is really changing for her despite the national attention her son, DeMarcus Cousins, is receiving.

"I guess I am so used to the excitement that as the drum rolls to the curtain opening (for the draft) that I am just enjoying the ride," she said. "I am just taking each day as it comes. I am not over predicting or under predicting what might happen. The whole year at Kentucky was one wild ride and I think I am strapped in pretty good."

She should be because her son had a monster freshman year at Kentucky that should vault him easily into being one of the top five picks in the NBA draft. He's been interviewed by various teams and is working out for select teams as NBA executives evaluate how highly to draft him.

"From DeMarcus' history, he has been well prepared for everything. I just pray for the best and work with him on what he is going to encounter and make sure he has great support through the whole process," she said. "This is a new situation for him. But it is not an indication of any less responsibility on my part. I just want to make sure he's in a great situation and enjoys all this."

He seems to be doing that just as he did most of his freshman year at Kentucky. He's joked with media members even if some have misunderstood his comments at times in recent weeks. He's accepted the criticism over everything from his body fat to his occasional emotional outbursts last season to his overall maturity.

"That is just him. In any process he has gone through, he has made it fun. The most emotion you will ever see from him is when he loses, like in the state high school tournament or NCAA Tournament last season," she said.

"We can't control anything any more. We just have to prepare ourselves for what lies ahead. We don't pick the school like we did at Kentucky. The team picks him and he has to be ready to go there and do his best, and he will be ready for that."


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