Yep, same stare.
Look familiar? That’s Jaleel Cousins, little brother of our beloved Boogie, DeMarcus Cousins. He’s playing for the Birmingham Storm in this week’s Eddie Ford Kentucky HoopFest in Louisville.
Jaleel, who was enrolled at Tates Creek during DeMarcus’ time in Kentucky, is almost a carbon copy of his big brother when it comes to looks (6’10”, 265 lbs.). In an interview with Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal, Baby Boogie (as I’m calling him) says working out with his brother inspired him to take his own skills to another level:
“I never really played like I was supposed to play. I only liked to play pickup. I just didn’t get serious until before this summer when I started working out with my brother. He has really helped me out a lot. It’s just getting started for me. (DeMarcus) has been through it and he told me I just need to play my game and see what happens. So that’s what I’m doing.”
Jaleel will be a senior this fall and, so far, has received interest from Murray State and East Carolina; but, you better believe that others are watching, especially if he turns in some impressive performances this summer.
Wanna see him play? His team plays tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. on Court Three at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville. Go.