DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky -- 2010 NBA Draft Profile
Position: Power Forward / Center | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 270
Class: Freshman | Age: 19 | Hometown: Mobile, AL
2009 Stats: 15.1 points | 9.8 rebounds | 1.8 blocks | 1 assist | Game Log
NBA Mock Draft Ranking: 5
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DeMarcus Cousins Scouting Report
Weaknesses: Cousins is a man-child, literally. He throws temper-tantrums the size of his outlandish frame and rarely accepts questionable calls made against him. This became readily evident during the Wildcats' loss to West Virginia in the Elite Eight, when "D-Cuz" appeared close to crying after a call made in the second half and never seemed to get in the mix due to his frustration. We know how the NBA treats head-cases and how easily these types can fall out of favor. While the upside to become a premier big man is certainly there, so too is the bust potential with Cousins. He has some glaring holes in his game, namely being susceptive to turnovers either by rushing passes out of the post or failing to see the floor and picking up dumb fouls. Further, he doesn't always run the floor, and unlike Favors or Greg Monroe, his style of play isn't conducive to a fast-break style team. Clearly, there are some serious red flags.
Forecast: Despite the litany of question marks, Cousins' upside is simply too high for him to fall out of the top three. All in all, he should become a star. He must improve his free-throw shooting, refine his low-post game, extend his range and, of course, mature (this is the epitome of high-risk, high-reward), but this Al Jefferson clone has all of the tools. He certainly hasn't displayed Jefferson's range out to 15 feet, but many of the same physical attributes for Cousins are there. The fact that he loves to rebound is a huge plus, and you have to admire his nasty streak. He'll have to become mentally tougher and more immune to adversity, but Cousins could be an awesome force -- think a bigger Al Horford and more physical Jefferson -- and true anchor in the middle for a championship-caliber team.
DeMarcus Cousins Articles:
3/20: NCAA Eye for the NBA Guy
3/18: NCAA Eye for the NBA Guy: Day 1
2/15: Cousins Target of Racist Phone Calls
2/12: UK's Cousins Muscles Way Into Spotlight
1/28: Cousins Allegedly Punches Fans After Loss
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