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DeMarcus Cousins Named to Team USA Olympic Roster

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Collegiate All-American. NBA All-Star. Olympian.

Former Kentucky great DeMarcus Cousins was selected to the 12-man roster that will represent the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as announced by Team USA Basketball on Monday.

This is the first such appointment for Cousins, who participated with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Cousins participated in all nine games en route to a perfect record and the gold medal. He averaged 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.3 steals and shot a team-high 70.2 percent from the field in 13.8 minutes a game.

Cousins will be joined by Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson.

Kentucky has a long lineage of success at the Olympics as 10 total players have earned a gold medal. Anthony Davis most recently captured gold at the 2012 Olympics. Davis was among the 30 finalists for a spot on the 2016 squad, but removed his name for consideration as he recovered from offseason surgery. John Wall was also a finalist but withdrew his name for consideration after offseason surgery as well.

The U.S. will start training for the Olympics in Las Vegas and play exhibition games in Las Vegas, Oakland, Calif., Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston before leaving for Rio.  The U.S. will train against the USA Men’s Select Team, which features former Wildcats Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle.

Team USA’s opening game in Rio will take place Aug. 6 against China. It is slated to tip at 6 p.m. ET.

2 comments

  1. KingGhidora

    I’m surprised that anyone is going to Rio for this Olympics but I’m glad to see that Cousins is finally getting the recognition he has deserved for a long time. I suppose he can avoid the mosquitos, the unsafe conditions and the crime being in a protected environment.

    Cousins was very nearly left off the FIBA world champion team. K almost took the stellar player. Mason Plumlee, over Cousins. It wasn’t until public outcry forced him to not play Dookie favorites that he added Boogie the lineup and he still found a way to include Plumlame. How’s that guy doing as a ball player BTW? Wow he scores 8 and a half points a game in the NBA! That’s way better than I figured. How many does DMC score? He only averaged 27 ppg last year. Clearly Plumlame is a much better… Fill in the blank yourself. The jokes write themselves here.

    Boogies stepped up and led the team to the FIBA title after Davis fouled out in the title game. It was a rough game against big players and Boogie made it look easy. He’s a great player stuck on a team with the worst front office in the history of sports. And people wnat to blame him for their losing ways. Right.

    1. Larry Vaught

      King, good stuff on Cousins but I agree on going to Rio. Would scare me to death

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