Selected by Sacramento as an undergraduate out of Kentucky with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft ... Signed a multi-year contract with the Kings (7/7/10).
Named to the 2010-11 NBA All-Rookie First Team ... Member of the USA Basketball Select Team that helped prepare the U.S. Olympic Men's team for the 2012 Olympics.
Averaging 15.9 ppg (.439 FG%, .156 3pt%, .694 FT%), 9.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.0 bpg, and 29.4 mpg in 145 career games (started 124) in two seasons with Sacramento ... Has scored 30 or more points four times ... Had one 20-point, 20-rebound game in career (15 points, 20 rebounds on 4/7/12) ... In 2011-12, ranked first in NBA in charges taken (50), offensive rebounds (265) and tied with Kevin Love for offensive rebounds per game (4.1 orpg) ... Was fourth (tied with Kris Humphries) in NBA in rebounding (11.0 rpg) in 2011-12 ... Recorded a career-high 41 points (16-25 FG, 9-14 FT), a game-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 38 minutes vs. Phoenix (4/3/12) ... Matched career-high in rebounding with 20 while recording team-high 15 points, two assists, and two steals at LA Clippers (4/7/12) ... Only the second Wildcat player chosen in Kings history, joining Bob Guyette (picked No. 49 overall in 1975) ... One of a record five players selected in the first round from the same university, including John Wall (No. 1 overall), Patrick Patterson (No. 14 overall), Eric Bledsoe (No. 18 overall), and Daniel Orton (No. 29 overall) in 2010 NBA Draft ... Is the 19th player in franchise history to don jersey number 15 (last was John Salmons in 2008-09).
2011-12 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged 18.1 ppg (.448 FG%, .143 3pt%, .702 FT%), a team-high 11.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.45 spg, 1.17 bpg, and 30.5 mpg in 64 games (started 62) ... Inactive List in one game (1/1/12) ... Missed one game due to food poisoning (3/7/12) ... Scored in double-figures in 53 games, 20-plus in 25 games, 30-plus in three, 40-plus in one ... Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 38 games, 20 or more rebounds in two games ... Recorded 36 double-doubles, most for a King since Chris Webber had 45 double-doubles in 2002-03 ... Led Kings in total points (1,160), field goals made (448) and attempted (999), free throws made (262) and attempted (373), total rebounds (703), offensive rebounds (265), defensive rebounds (438), steals (93), and blocks (75) ... Led Kings in scoring in 23 games, rebounding in 41 games, and assists in four ... Ranked 1st in total offensive rebounds (265), tied 1st with Kevin Love in offensive rebounds per game (4.1 ppg), tied 4th with Kris Humphries in rebounding , 17th in steals per game, 23rd in scoring, tied 26th with Kevin Durant in blocks per game ... Also ranked first in charges taken (50) ... Had five straight games (3/22-3/30/12) in which he recorded at least 22 points and 11 rebounds becoming the first Kings player since Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati Royals (1967-68). Top-Single Game Performances: Recorded a career-high 41 points (16-25 FG, 9-14 FT), a game-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 38 minutes vs. Phoenix (4/3/12) - at 21 years old, last NBA player younger than Cousins to exceed those totals in a game was a then-20-year-old Kevin Durant, who had 46 points and 15 rebounds vs. LA Clippers (1/23/09) ... Matched career-high in rebounding with 20 while recording team-high 15 points, two assists, and two steals at LA Clippers (4/7/12) ... Tallied a game-high 38 points (15-26 FG, 8-12 FT), a game-high 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in a career-high 50 minutes at Houston (3/26/12) ... Recorded 21 points (8-18 FG, 5-5 FT), a career-high 20 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes vs. Golden State (2/4/12). 2012 NBA ROOKIE CHALLENGE: Recorded 18 points (8-14 FG, 0-2 3pt, 2-4 FT), a game-high-tying 11 rebounds, and three assists in 25 minutes in helping Team Chuck to a 146-133 win over Team Shaq at the Amway Center in Orlando (2/24/12).
2010-11 REGULAR SEASON:
Named to the 2010-11 T-Moblie NBA All-Rookie First Team after averaging 14.1 ppg (.430 FG%, .167 3pt%, .687 FT%), a team-high 8.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.05 spg, and 28.5 mpg in 81 games (started 62) ... As a starter, averaged 15.1 ppg (.438 FG%, .188 3pt%, .704 FT), 8.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.11 spg, and 29.5 mpg in 62 games ... As a reserve, averaged 11.0 ppg (.398 FG%, 0-2 3pt, .626 FT%), 7.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, and 25.2 mpg in 19 games ... Scored in double-figures in 58 games, 20-plus in 16 games, 30-plus in one game ... Grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 29 games ... Recorded 26 double-doubles ... Led team in scoring in 16 games, rebounding in 38, and assists in eight ... Set a new Sacramento-era rookie record for total rebounds in a season (699), surpassing Lionel Simmons' mark of 697, set in 1990-91 ... Became first Kings rookie in Sacramento era to lead team in rebounds per game since Simmons ... Ranked 17th in rebounds per game, 39th in blocks per game ... Among rookies, ranked third in scoring, second in rebounds per game, sixth in assists per game, fourth in steals per game and minutes per game, fifth in blocks per game ... For the second straight season, a Kings rookie earned first-team All- Rookie honors (2009-10, Tyreke Evans) ... Is the first time the Kings have had first-team All-Rookie selections in two straight seasons since the Kansas City-Omaha Kings' Ron Behagen (1973-74) and Scott Wedman (1974-75) were named to the first team ... Becomes the 14th player in franchise history to be named to the NBA All-Rookie team, and the 10th earning first team honors. Top-Single Game Performances: In NBA debut, tallied 14 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in 27 minutes at Minnesota (10/27/10) ... Recorded first career double-double with 14 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3pt, 4-6 FT) and a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals at Cleveland (10/30/10) ... Tallied a career-high 30 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3pt, 18-21 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 35 minutes vs. Oklahoma City (4/11/11) ... The 18 free throws made and 21 attempted set new Sacramento era rookie single- game records ... Cousins' 17 second-half free-throw attempts vs. Oklahoma City (4/11/11) tied an ARCO Arena/Power Balance Pavilion record set by Kevin Martin vs. Minnesota (second half, 3/7/08) ... Grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with 18 points (6-18 FG, 6-11 FT), seven assists, two steals and three blocks in 44 minutes at Utah (3/5/11) ... Recorded 27 points and 10 rebounds in Kings' win over the Lakers in Los Angeles (1/28/11), marking the first time a rookie had that many points and rebounds in a road win against the Lakers since Christian Laettner had 28 points and 10 rebounds in a 126-113 Timberwolves win at the Great Western Forum (3/31/93) ... His 25 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists in the win over New Orleans (1/29/11) was the highest statistical levels a Kings rookie had reached in 20 years, since Simmons' 33-point, 14-rebound, seven-assist effort vs. the Clippers (2/14/91). 2011 NBA ROOKIE CHALLENGE: Recorded a game-high 33 points (15-24 FG, 0-1 3pt, 3-5 FT), a team-high 14 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block in 27 minutes in helping the Rookies to a 148-140 win over the Sophomores in the T-Moblie Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles (2/18/11).
Earned Associated Press First Team and John R. Wooden All-American honors after averaging 15.1 ppg (.558 FG%, .604 FT%), 9.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.97 spg, 1.76 bpg, and 23.5 mpg in 38 games (started 37) as a freshman at Kentucky ... Named the SEC Freshman of the Year and garnered First Team All-SEC accolades ... Honored as a finalist for the 2010 Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy (given to the nation's top player by the USBWA) ... Led the conference with 20 double-doubles, eclipsing the previous UK freshman record of 11 held by Chris Mills (1988-89) ... Trailed only John Wall (16.6 ppg) in scoring and led the team in rebounding and blocks ... Scored in double-figures on 31 occasions and tallied 20 or more points four times ... Recorded career-highs with 27 points (10-15 FG, 7-13 FT) and 18 rebounds vs. Sam Houston State (11/19/09) ... Contributed 24 points (8-14 FG, 8-11 FT) and 10 rebounds vs. UNC Asheville (11/30/09) ... Hauled in 12 rebounds and tied a career-best with 27 points (9-17 FG, 9-10 FT) at South Carolina (1/26/10) ... Named the SEC Freshman of the Week after collecting 19 points (6-11 FG, 7-9 FT), five rebounds, three steals, and a block at Vanderbilt (2/20/10) and 19 points (7-11 FG, 5-8 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and one block at Mississippi State (2/16/10) ... Earned the same distinction after tallying 19 points (6-13 FG, 7-10 FT) and 14 rebounds at LSU (2/6/10) and adding 18 points (6-14 FG, 6-10 FT), 13 rebounds, and four blocks vs. Ole Miss (2/2/10) ... Corralled a career-high tying 18 rebounds to complement 18 points (7-14 FG 4-8 FT) against Louisville (1/2/10) ... Posted 19 points and 15 rebounds vs. Tennessee in a 74-45 Wildcat triumph in the SEC Tournament (3/13/10) ... Supplied a 19-point, eight-rebound effort against Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, helping Kentucky to a 90-60 win and berth in the Sweet 16 (3/20/10).
Averaged 24.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 5.19 steals, and 3.23 blocks per game for LeFlore High School (Mobile, AL) as a senior (2008-09) ... Named a Parade All-American and played in the McDonald's All-American Game, tallying 14 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3pt, 1-4 FT) and eight rebounds in 17 minutes of action ... Member of the 2009 USA Junior National Select Team, a squad that included John Wall (Washington Wizards), Xavier Henry (Memphis Grizzlies), and Avery Bradley (Boston Celtics) ... Appeared in the Nike Hoop Summit vs. the World Select Team, recording four points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block (4/11/09) ... Also participated in the Jordan Classic All-Star Game, totaling 17 points (7-11 FG, 0-1 3pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, and one block ... Teammates included Bradley and Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz) ... Ranked the second-best recruit in the country and No. 1 forward by Rivals.com.