Friday, February 19, 2010

The Great Wall ... and his Cousin(s)

I finally got a chance to see John Wall in action Tuesday night, and here's my take: the man is good, real good, but don't sleep on forward DeMarcus Cousins either. Wall nearly had a triple-double, piling up 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the overtime victory against Mississippi State. He can score a lot of different ways, and he took over the game at a couple different times. He has a calm confidence that served the Wildcats well when they trailed late in the game. He filled out the box score with three steals and two blocks.

But Cousins was just as much a key to the team's victory. The 6'11 freshman was 7-for-11 from the field for 19 points, and was an absolute beast on the glass--he grabbed 14 rebounds, half on the offensive side, half on the defensive side. The color commentator noted that Cousins snags 23 percent of the available offensive rebounds when he's on the floor, which is absolutely incredible. He's averaging a double-double (16 points, 10.3 rebounds) on the season, and has had just one game this year in which he didn't crack double-digits in at least one of the two categories (a 68-66 win against UNC).

It's difficult to assess how a big man (or any player, for that matter) will transition to the NBA, but Cousins has an incredible knack for cleaning the glass and he knows how to score. Don't be surprised to see more than one Wildcat taken early in this summer's draft.

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