Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 4:35 pm  |  5 responses

Oklahoma Lands New York’s Isaiah Cousins

Mount Vernon HS has been known for producing high quality talent throughout the years, including Ben Gordon, Jonathan Mitchell, Jabari Hinds, and Kevin Jones. The school’s latest product, Isaiah Cousins, announced yesterday he wants to suit up for the Oklahoma Sooners in the fall. From the Tulsa World: “Cousins verbally committed to the Sooners after visiting Norman earlier this week. It was thought the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder might visit his other four final schools – Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Dayton and Xavier – and commit in April or May. But the frantic recruiting efforts of Lon Kruger and assistant Lew Hill (a Mount Vernon graduate himself) paid off, and Cousins committed. He can’t make it official until college basketball’s late signing period begins April 11. Cousins averaged 16 points as Mount Vernon’s point guard as a senior last season. He is listed as a 3-star shooting guard, however, by recruiting service Rivals. Cousins wasn’t even that until last fall, when he attracted the attention of scouts on the tournament circuit. Major conference schools soon followed suit. “I never had a player who became such a hot commodity,” Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino told the New York Post. “Usually it’s a gradual rise. It started in the fall when Tom Konchalski (New York-based publisher of High School Basketball Illustrated) rated him as a Big East player. Then he played like one. He’s correctly valued now.”

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  • MBE18

    He has got a silky smooth game. I saw him play in the NY state playoffs.

  • http://www.nba.com JB

    Hope he didn’t sign his LOI yet. Living in OK sucks. From one NYer to another, go somewhere else.

  • admiral

    JB-have you ever lived in Oklahoma? I can see why he would want to go to a University with an outstanding program, community, fan support, etc. He won’t regret one minute.

  • Scott from NJ

    Maybe but going to college @ OU in Norman is freakin’ awesome!

  • http://www.nba.com JB

    I live in Oklahoma City now. I was born and raised in NYC. Like I said, there is nothing in Oklahoma. Can’t wait until the military moves me somewhere else. Absolutely the worst place I’ve been in the United States.