Draft 2010 | DeMarcus Cousins

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Name: DeMarcus Cousins
Age: 19
College: Kentucky
Position: Center
Height: 6-11
Weight: 270
Class: Freshman
Year Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals FG% FT% 3PT%
2009-10 23.5 15.1 9.8 1.0 1.8 1.0 .558 .604 .167
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Meet DeMarcus Cousins
One of the young Cats’ that helped Kentucky quickly return to prominence this past season. This true big man dominated the college landscape with an NBA-type of body at 6-11 and 270 pounds. DeMarcus Cousins utilized footwork to generate scoring opportunities inside the paint along with a tremendous size advantage over less developed players. Despite his superior size, Cousins flourished in Kentucky’s high octane style of offense while providing the exclamation point on the fast break. Cousins worked well inside the halfcourt set by utilizing his long arms as an easy target for the guards to throw entry passes in the post. He is fairly comfortable with his back-to-the-basket game and shows a nice jumper for a center. Defensively, Cousins is a solid shot blocker that affects attempts near the rim. His size and strength leads to prolific rebounding numbers as he averaged 9.8 boards per game for the Wildcats.

By Jonah Ballow
The same intensity that fuels Cousins as a great prospect could be a major determinant in the NBA. At times, the Kentucky center seemed to lose himself in the midst of a volatile rivalry or questionable calls from the referee crew. The 19-year old must learn to deal with physical play at the next level, which should improve when he matures with NBA experience. Scouts are concerned with Cousins’ conditioning issues, considering his game involves strength and quickness. Focusing on his skill set, Cousins will have to improve awareness inside the half court offense as most of his offense was a result of easy opportunities at Kentucky. In the NBA, most teams slow the pace and he will have to be patient, look for the double team and either pass out of it or back his man down for a bucket on the blocks. From a defensive standpoint, scouts also wonder If Cousins can effectively move laterally to stay in front of players like Dwight Howard and Amar'e Stoudemire.

By Jonah Ballow
How would he howl?
One of the priorities for the Wolves this offseason is to acquire a true center via the draft or free agency. Adding Cousins to the lineup would certainly form a potent frontcourt whether he is paired with Al Jefferson or Kevin Love. His pure strength is attractive for Minnesota, especially as the squad competes in a Western Conference full of super-sized big men. Questions remain about Cousins devotion to the defensive side of the floor and he will most likely need to come off the bench after only averaging 23 minutes per game at Kentucky. However, there is no doubt that he is considered one of the most intriguing NBA prospects in the 2010 Draft and could make an immediate impact for the Wolves.

By Jonah Ballow
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"Cousins was the most productive big man, per minute, in college basketball this season. He was a double-double machine for Kentucky. He already has an NBA body and can do his damage both down low and from the perimeter. Concerns about his so-so athletic ability and a history of temper issues on the court were the only things holding him back from being the No. 1 pick. Still look for him to go somewhere in the 3 to 5 range."

Draft Express
"A man amongst boys at the college level, Cousins’ combination of size, length and strength is simply unparalleled at this level of competition. There are only a handful of players that can even match up with him from a physical standpoint, and outside of a couple of ho-hum performances against the strongest big men he’s faced (UConn and North Carolina), he’s completely destroyed the slew of largely mediocre post players he’s been forced to deal with."

"A physical mismatch in almost every sense. Cousins' size, power, length and reflexes give him the ability to do things even when he's not in position to do them ... An underrated athlete, despite lacking great explosiveness, he's extremely nimble and dexterous for such a huge man ... His great hands and soft touch, along with his monstrous (7-foot-6) wingspan, allow him to finish easily around the rim ..."
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No. 5 to Sacramento

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No. 5 to Sacramento

No. 5 to Sacramento

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