As expected, DeMarcus Cousins ended his recruitment for a third - and hopefully final time - late Tuesday night when he decided to follow coach John Calipari to Kentucky.
Cousins, the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2009, first committed to UAB. Then it was Memphis. Now it is Kentucky for Cousins, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound post man from Mobile (Ala.) LeFlore High School.
"Well, basically I went home (from the McDonald's All American Game) and tried to figure out which coach out of all the coaches recruiting me could help me get to the next level," said Cousins. "The answer was Coach Cal. Then I asked myself what school was best to me. And what school is better than Kentucky?"
Cousins did note that Washington and Kansas State were the other two schools on his final list.
Cousins joins five-star big man Daniel Orton and four-star wing Jon Hood in the Kentucky recruiting class. More recruits are expected to follow.
An impressively physical presence, Cousins has the ability to dominate the interior. He can score in traffic and rebound in a crowd. Defensively, he is extremely difficult to score against. Not limited to being effective around the basket, Cousins can also operate on the perimeter. Perhaps his most underrated skill is his passing ability. Maturing emotionally is his biggest challenge in the development of his game.