Two weeks from the start of the regular season against Memphis, and Sooners Illustrated is set to breakdown the 11 scholarship players on the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster.
We’ll look at importance for this year’s team, a quick recap of last season and a project final stat line.
No. 11 Isaiah Cousins (6-foot-4, 200 pounds)
11.7 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 42.4 field goal percentage, 45 3-point percentage
What happened last year: In his second full year as a starter, Cousins again saw a rise in his points per game, his 3-point percentage, his rebounding average and his assists per game. It was definitely a year that Cousins emerged as an elite scorer and a key cog for the Sooners.
Late in the season, Cousins scored in double figures six straight games but fell off in the NCAA Tournament. He had three of his 13 lowest scoring outputs in the tournament, never scoring in double figures and never shooting better than 33 percent from the field.
It was a stellar year for Cousins but still one of inconsistency.
Level of importance for Oklahoma (1-10): 8. If Oklahoma is going to make its deep run, a lot of it falls on Cousins. The Sooners can’t do it without leading scorer Buddy Hield, but Oklahoma won’t make a run if Cousins doesn’t evolve into an All-Big 12 caliber player.
It seems likely that Cousins will again serve as Oklahoma’s back-up point guard and might even play on the ball when starting point guard Jordan Woodard is in the game. Cousins will be relied on much more than last year. He’ll have to cut down on his more than two turnovers per game last season.
It wouldn’t hurt for him to improve on his 64.8 percentage from the free-throw line.
Projected stat line: 12.5 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 3 assists per game, 42 3-point percentage.
The single-most important statistic for Cousins this season is turnovers. He doesn’t need to spike his points that much because of the scoring around him. He does however need to remain efficient after leading the Big 12 in 3-point percentage.
But he’s relied on a bit more handling the ball with Woodard out of the game more often early in the season. Overall, he and the rest of the Sooners starters are fresher at the end of the season. Cousins most important output will come late in the season – and the postseason.
His goals, his words: “My goal is to just be a very solid player and reduce turnovers and take more efficient shots. Just being more consistent.”