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This time around, Team USA sees Boogie as potential Olympian



The BOOGIE FOR AMERICA train is starting to gain some steam, you guys. The fact that Jerry Colangelo invited him to the Team USA camp, and downplayed last year’s drama, was a pretty strong indication that the USA basketball people were willing to give DMC a shot at being a big part of the National Team’s future.

That Boogie has said and done all the right things since arriving in Las Vegas has also helped the big man’s cause. And assuming neither side does anything to rock the boat, the Cousins-Team USA relationship is one that could be mutually beneficial for a long, long time. 

From USA Today writer, Jeff Zillgitt:


“What was said between us wasn’t as bad as it (seemed),” Cousins said. “But for (Colangelo) to push that aside and give me another chance, I’m very thankful. I’m going to come in here and make the best of the opportunity.”

There are no guarantees that Cousins makes next summer’s World Cup team, but the USA is always in search of quality big men, and Cousins fits the mold – a physical 6-11 center who can score, rebound and pass. Last season, Cousins averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals and improved his shooting to 46.5% and his free throw percentage to 73.8%.

Colangelo just may need Cousins, and Cousins just may need USA Basketball. Unlikely as it seemed a year ago, it may turn into a good fit for both parties.


Cal agrees, and thinks that Boogie is exactly where he needs to be right now:


“This is all good,” Calipari said. “What’s going on for him here (in Las Vegas) is the best thing for his career — being coached by these guys (U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistants Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams) and taking pride in something other than himself. It’s about this organization. If you want to make it, you make everybody better or you’re not making the team.”

Calipari said he talked with Cousins before the minicamp but declined to reveal specifics of the conversation.

“I’m not his coach, but we talked. I’m pretty direct,” he said. “I talked to Jerry about it. Jerry asked me. (DeMarcus is) doing his thing. I’m happy for him. … He’s young. You can’t get guys like him.”


UK bias aside, it really is a no-brainer for Cousins to be on the short list to make the National Team. He’s young, dynamic, and statistically one of the most dominant big men in the game.

Plus, given the the age of the majority of Team USA’s veteran front court players, and the unpredictability of their established younger guys (looking at you, Dwight), Colangelo and Coach K have no choice but to look to the next generation of big men. And when it comes to on-the-court productivity,  they’ll be hard-pressed to look past Boogie.

So, Boogie for America? Maybe. Probably. Hopefully.


[ USA TODAY: Team USA hopes DeMarcus Cousins grows up into Olympian ]


Article written by Andrew McCarthy

7 Comments for This time around, Team USA sees Boogie as potential Olympian

  1. Michael F. Jox
    6:14 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    As long as he doesn’t drive someone nuts in the process, he probably will be in London.

  2. Michael F. Jox
    6:17 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    *Rio – Stupid spell check

  3. EK
    6:38 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    All the former CATS make the team! GO CATS!!

  4. Zack attack
    6:58 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Im extremely happy to see this.. I honestly think boogie can be a super star. I hope his new coaching staff works out for him. I think our lil cuz might just be growing up

  5. Boogie fan
    2:26 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, I am a DIEHARD UK fan. I swear that Cousins is the greatest talent Cal has had at UK. Massive body, quick feet, and really soft hands.

  6. DH
    9:35 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    2) Maybe it’s just because it’s early in the morning, but that made me laugh a lot more than it should have.. Nice.

  7. NBA league pass
    12:29 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Team USA needs someone who isn’t afraid to bang with the big euro’s. Cousins is the man. He will be on the team and will play, and I expect you will see an even improved Cousins in the NBA afterwards.