DEMARCUS COUSINS, 2009: NO. 3
One of the top players in his high-school class, DeMarcus Cousins chose Kentucky over NC State, Alabama, his home-state program, and Washington. At Kentucky, Cousins teamed up with the No. 2 player of the 2009 class, an elite point guard we’ll get to in just a bit.
Cousins spent one season at Kentucky, where he earned consesus All-American honors and averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Despite possession so much top-end talent, that year’s Kentucky team fell in the Elite Eight to a more experienced West Virginia squad.