The file on DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins attended LeFlore High School in Mobile, Alabama and his illustrious four-year career ended with a selection to the McDonald's All-American Team in 2009. He had 14 points and eight rebounds in the McDonald's All-Star Game and played on the same team as NBA players Lance Stephenson and Derrick Favors.
University of Kentucky
Cousins moved on to the University of Kentucky in 2010 and played there for one season. He averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game under John Calipari. He was named the SEC's Rookie of the Year, earned First Team All-SEC honors and was selected to the AP's All-American First Team.
Kentucky was awarded a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. Cousins' journey in the tournament ended there as Kentucky lost to West Virginia, 73-66.
Cousins declared for the draft and the Sacramento Kings selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. His college teammates John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton were also selected in the first round, setting a record for most players drafted out of one school in the first round.
Cousins immediately flourished in his rookie year, earning All-NBA Rookie Team honors. He averaged 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and played in 81 games.
Cousins had back-to-back impressive seasons after his rookie year. He averaged 18.1 points and 11 rebounds per game in 2011-12 and 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in 2012-13. In September 2013, Sacramento rewarded Cousins with a max contract and signed him to a four-year, $62 million extension.
DeMarcus Cousins was selected to the USA's Men's World Cup Team in the summer of 2014 and helped guide Team USA to a gold medal in the FIBA 2014 Basketball World Cup. He averaged 9.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in nine games.
During the 2014-15 season, Cousins was selected to his first All-Star team. Cousins was the first Sacramento King to receive the honor since Peja Stojakovic and Brad Miller made the team in 2003-04.