DeMarcus Cousins stories from the SI Vault

• Top Recruit DeMarcus Cousins Playing Hardball With UAB By Seth Davis, November 18, 2008 This is an important time of year in college basketball. The early signing period for high school seniors began on Nov. 12 and runs through Wednesday. There is some debate as to whom is the best high school player in America, but I'm here to tell you that there is no doubt who is the smartest. His name is DeMarcus Cousins.

April Madness By Luke Winn, April 27, 2009 John Calipari's jump to Kentucky created chaos among recruits, several of whom remain uncommitted.

Simply Put, Kentucky Is Better Than The Rest By Stewart Mandel, March 23, 2010 A year from now, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson will be playing against Kobe and LeBron. But first, they'll go to-to-toe with a cast of Ivy League scholars.

Kentucky Ends Cornell's Great Run, Looks Like Team To Beat In Tourney By Stewart Mandel, March 26, 2010 The Kentucky Wildcats ran on to the "neutral" Carrier Dome court Thursday night to a cascade of boos. Freshmen stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins giggled. The throngs of red-clad Cornell supporters -- apparently misinformed about the protocol for aspiring Cinderellas -- then broke out an inappropriately premature chant of "over-rated."

General Managers Have Tough Call To Make On Ultra-Talented Cousins By Frank Hughes, May 21, 2010 The next group to enter the conference room included Wall's teammate DeMarcus Cousins, perhaps the player most criticized for his immaturity and insurrection. After his session with the media, a reporter approached Cousins and asked him to sit down for a previously arranged interview that was meant to address the many shortcomings that Cousins claims are misperceptions or mischaracterizations of his true self.

Cousins A Wild Card At Top Of Draft By Ian Thomsen, June 22, 2010 The "wingspan" player of this NBA draft is Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, whose reach bridges the No. 1 pick to the middle of the lottery. Cousins is talented enough to be chosen ahead of all of his peers on Thursday (though that isn't going to happen), and he is controversial enough to slide to No. 7 (not likely to happen either).

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