DeMarcus Cousins: The Other Star On Kentucky
When people talk about college basketball or The Kentucky Wildcats, the first name mentioned is the sensational freshman John Wall. John Wall will be the #1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, but DeMarcus Cousins should be a top three pick and maybe even the #2 overall pick. Through the first 24 games of the season, Cousins' is averaging a double-double: 16.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Cousins' also fills out the box scores with about a steal and close to 2 blocks per contest. He shoots 54.7% from the floor and grabs 4.4 offensive rebounds per game. Cousins' is arguably the best offensive rebounder and overall rebounder in the nation. All of these stats are collected in under 22 minutes per game.
The biggest knock on Cousins coming into his colligate career was his off the court issues, temper, work ethic and his motor. He is listed at 6"11' and 260lbs. He has an NBA ready body to go along with his NBA level game. Cousins is #1 in PER and has the highest PER of any player in the last 8 years. This makes him the most efficient scorer and rebounder in the nation. To put his statistics into prospective, if Cousins played 40 minutes a game, he would average 32.5 points and 19.2 rebounds a game. He is coming off a streak of seven straight games with a double-double. Cousins, Wall, and the #2 ranked Kentucky Wildcats have a tough matchup tonight. They will have the advantage of playing at home in Rupp Arena vs. the #12 ranked Tennessee Volunteers.
By Steven Spector - 2-13-10