Kentucky's Demarcus Cousins (15) battles for the ball with South Carolina's Sam Muldrow (44) during the first half in Columbia, S.C. Muldrow won the ball -- and the Gamecocks won the game, stunning No. 1 UK, 68-62.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins says
coach John Calipari practically ordered him to head to the NBA
rather than return for his sophomore season with the Wildcats.
Cousins is one of five Kentucky underclassmen who have declared
for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-10 center was named the Southeastern
Conference Freshman of the Year and is projected to be a Top 10
pick in the draft.
Cousins said he loved his one season with the Wildcats but
couldn't pass up the opportunity to turn professional. He averaged
15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds for Kentucky, which went 35-3 while
winning the SEC regular season and tournament titles.
Cousins has already hired an agent and said he's eager to play
at the next level but will cherish his year at Kentucky.
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