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DeMarcus Cousins says he almost returned to Kentucky for a second season

What if DeMarcus Cousins returned to Kentucky for the 2010-11 season? It almost happened.

Before his team takes the court this weekend at The Basketball Tournament, Boogie reunited with the Matt Jones, Drew Franklin and Ryan Lemond at Frederick Douglass High School. Cousins admitted that John Calipari had to talk him into entering the NBA Draft.

“When I came in, you know I was a good player. But all the hype was with John (Wall), which was well deserved. Me coming from where I’m from, it wasn’t really a reality for me, like, I got a chance to go to the NBA? It was big enough me just making it to college.

“They were like, you got a chance to play in the NBA. I’m like, the real NBA? I don’t know if I’m ready for that Cal. But you know Cal, being the guy he is, as supportive as he is, he pushed me to make the right decision and I’m thankful for that. I love him for that. It turned out pretty decent.”

Even though he left after only one season, Cousins often returns to Lexington. If he can’t be on campus, he’s always willing to help those who are following in his footsteps.

“I take pride in being the team that brought everything back to life. We take pride in that. I feel like we started a tradition and we want to continue to make it go. That’s why we care as much about every group that comes through. Whenever we get a chance we reach out, we’re supportive, we share advice, whatever we can do to help. I think Cal has done a great job to continue to help the program. It doesn’t matter if you came out in 2010 or the 2021 class, we’re all family, we’re all supportive and we all want what’s best for each other.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for DeMarcus Cousins says he almost returned to Kentucky for a second season

  1. Saul T. Nuts
    12:34 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    Demarcus is the best…we’re so lucky to have had him at UK!

  2. J-Dub421
    12:39 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    I love Boogie.

  3. rdcore2
    12:42 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    DC forever.

  4. CrystalBall
    1:00 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    Amen to all 3 comments.

  5. Not Dan Issel
    1:14 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    A second AMEN as well.

  6. BG Cat
    1:23 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    Great to hear him on KSR, DeMarcus is the best!

  7. 4everUKblue
    1:27 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    Where the hell is the LIKE BUTTON?

  8. BallDontLie
    1:35 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    I know Cal says that they are all his sons. But i have never felt like he meant that with any player more than he meant it with demarcus. Demarcus is the type that needs to feel loyalty and trust more than any quality in a coach. Those are the same qualities you get from a parent. Thats why demarcus loves cal, and also probably why he has struggled to find that same relationship with a coach in the league. Im grateful to have a coach at UK who walks the walk.

  9. Underdog
    2:06 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    But wait a second… Puke has the brotherhood.

  10. 4everUKblue
    4:16 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    From Dec/2014

    Wall described the fraternity as a “brotherhood” that filters through generations. He recalled older Kentucky stars such as Derek Anderson,Tony Delk, and Wayne Turner returning to campus during his year in Lexington and Ron Mercer, a first-round selection in the 1997 draft, took a geology class with him.