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Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 12:52 pm  |  18 responses

DeMarcus Cousins To Kentucky

DeMarcus Cousins will follow John Calipari to the University of Kentucky

by Franklyn Calle

DeMarcus Cousins will be suiting upkentucky-wildcats1 for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats according to Chris Lawlor of ESPN.com. At 6-10, the #1 ranked center in the nation according to just about every media outlet and scouting services will follow Calipari to Kentucky after verbally committing to him at Memphis during a visit to the campus last month. Cousins had previously committed to the University of Alabama-Birmingham during his junior year. Otis Hughley, Cousins’ high school coach at LeFlore HS, confirmed it to espn.com on Tuesday. “He told me tonight he’s going to Kentucky,” said Hughley. “He didn’t say much after John Calipari left Memphis and, I told him I was there for advice and counsel, whatever he needed. I am happy he made a decision quickly and didn’t allow it to drag out.”

demarcus_cousins_main-copyAfter finishing with 14 points and 8 rebounds at the McDonald’s All-American Game, Cousins will be in Portland this weekend for the Nike Hoop Summit which will take place on Saturday at the Rose Garden Arena. The weekend after, he will be in New York City for the Jordan Brand Classic on April 18th at Madison Square Garden. He now joins Jon Hood, a 6-6 small forward from Madisonville North Hopkins HS in Kentucky and Daniel Orton, a 6-10 center from Bishop McGuinness HS in Oklahoma, as part of the Wildcats’ 2009 recruiting class.

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  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    Suprise, suprise.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    They are going to have a scary front line.

  • http://www.citiesoftheplain.net/ Sam Rigby

    Orton de-committed yesterday after Cousins committed.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Sam, looks like Orton has NOT asked for a release: http://www.wkyt.com/sports/headlines/42690502.html

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    If Kentucky can land one more top guard(Lance anyone?) they will be back in the thick of things next year. Calipari is a Don.

  • http://www.citiesoftheplain.net/ Sam Rigby

    Ben, thanks…that’s odd.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I kinda hate this. I really liked Memphis.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’ve got a feeling Lance wants to go somewhere where he can get 20+ shots a game, and do the most for his pro stock. I know he’s talented but I’m really not a fan, at all.

  • http://slamonline.com a. sam

    I didn’t really feel like breaking this twice, especially since I knew it would happen. How much reporting can a man do? Seriously, I thought most people assumed this was a done deal.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    @Ciolkstar: I think he’ll land at St. Johns or pull a Brandon Jennings.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    If we can get John Wall, we’ll be in the Final Four next Spring.

  • Quail

    Orton cant get out of his letter of intent unless UK wants him to. which we wont. haha. livin in Kentucky is finally startin to be a good thing. :-D

  • Quail

    and as a kentucky fan, i would rather have john wall than lance any day. lol. but im sure anyone would. any word where lance or wall are goin?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I thought at first it said he had committed to Turkey…

  • Josh D(Spurs Fan)

    Not too much of a suprise there but i think Xavier Henry will go to Kansas and Wall will go to Duke

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Malik Stith!

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