Kings select Cousins with fifth pick in NBA draft

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento Kings took another step
toward bolstering their front court by selecting Kentucky forward
DeMarcus Cousins with the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft.
Cousins joins newly acquired Samuel Dalembert, who came to the
Kings in a trade last week with Philadelphia to provide a defensive
boost inside.
The 6-foot-11 All-American freshman Cousins averaged 15.1
points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 23.5 minutes per game and
led the Southeastern Conference with 20 double-doubles in his lone
college season for the Wildcats.
The Kings were hoping to draft a player this year who can make
an immediate impact and get the franchise back to the playoffs for
the first time since the 2005-06 season.

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