It looked like Mike Davis and UAB had pulled off a major coup in landing the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 DeMarcus Cousins. Now, it appears that UAB losing Cousins could be the biggest storyline from the early signing period.
Committed to UAB since the end of his junior season because of his foundness for Mike Davis, Cousins is rethinking whether or not he will sign with UAB.
On the first day of the signing period Cousins' coach Otis Hughley of Mobile (Ala.) LeFlore High School laid out for Rivals.com the terms for Cousins, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound post player, to sign with UAB.
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"Were waiting for the paper work from UAB right now," said Hughley. "If it has language in it that says DeMarcus can is released from UAB if Mike Davis isn't the coach, then he'll sign. If it doesn't have that language, then we're not going to sign. Two or three months ago we were assured by the school that we would get that assurance. Now we are just waiting to see."
Today, Hughley had this to say about the situation.
"The papers are here, and the school didn't handle like they said they would," he said. "It has nothing to do with Coach Davis. It is a deal with the school. Tonight we are going to sit down together and decide how the family wants to handle this."
DeMarcus Cousins scouting report:
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 over. 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.