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.”