Name: Demarcus Cousins
Ht: 610″ Wt: 280
Pos: PF/C Class: Fr
Strengths: Demarcus can finish in traffic as well as around the basket probably better than any one in the nation. He is hard to handle down low. He has great length and strength which makes him an ideal post player. He has a nose for the ball on offense and on the glass. He is willing to step up and be the go to guy on offense and plays extremely aggressive. Demarcus Cousins has ok hands and loves to catch the ball deep in the post. Demarcus backs his defender down fairly easily and has a few go to post moves to enable him to score around the bucket.
Weaknesses: The biggest knock among a quite a few is his attitude. Demarcus is constantly pouting or complaining. The perception most scouts have of Cousins thus far is he might be another Derrick Coleman. Now for the weaknesses in his actual game; he does not have the ability to put the ball on the floor and is not a threat to nail the 18-20 foot jumper consistently. He is lacking athletically and could benefit from getting into better shape. Demarcus needs to apply himself more on defense and needs to improve his footwork both offensively and defensively.
Outlook: Overall I think Cousins will be a high risk high reward type player. His game is fairly similar to Big Al Jefferson and I actually believe he is more talented than Big Al. Again though; his attitude is scary. You also have to be concerned with his weight and how hard he will be willing to work at getting into and staying in shape. History tells us some with conditioning issues usually don’t get better when they get to the league. Talent wise I think Demarcus is the 3rd best player but if I was Minnesota I would probably pass on him for two reasons:
1) Wall, Turner, and Johnson will be safer picks.
2) He is not athletic enough to compliment Big Al and the Beach Boy Kevin Love.
Comparable: Al Jefferson
DWW’s Big Board:
1. John Wall G Kentucky
2. Evan Turner G Ohio State
3. Demarcus Cousins F/C Kentucky
4. Wes Johnson F Syracuse
5. Greg Monroe F/C Georgetown
6. Elias Harris F Gonzaga
7. Cole Aldrich C Kansas
8. Stanley Robinson F UConn