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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

January 7, 2009 at 9:27 AM

On DeMarcus Cousins

A few of you have sent me questions wondering about the recruitment of DeMarcus Cousins, a 6-9 center/power forward from Mobile, Ala., who is considered among the best players still available for the Class of 2009.
According to Scout.com and Rivals.com Cousins continues to list UW as a possible destination.
So does UW have a legitimate chance at getting Cousins? From people I talk to, highly unlikely. He’s expected to stay close to home, and Scout.com still lists him as a soft verbal to UAB.
Does this mean UW still has a spot open on the 2009 roster it is trying to fill? Not really. Again, word is that UW is highly unlikely to sign anyone else this year. UW signed four players early and at the moment, is already one over the limit for the 2009-10 season (as we all should know by now, the stance of UW coach Lorenzo Romar is that it will somehow work its way out — I really don’t think there’s a set plan right now on how it will, however).
So why is UW listed as a team recruiting Cousins? Because you never know what might happen regarding players on the current roster, those who have signed — guys could get hurt, transfer, become ineligible. UW fans should feel heartened that this is a coaching staff that is always working when it comes to recruiting, always exploring every available avenue, especially when it comes to a player the caliber of Cousins. Even though they appear done for the Class of 2009, schools don’t just stop recruiting because again, anything could happen. So the nature of coaches is to keep recruiting, just in case.
But from what I can gather on Cousins, the odds are pretty darn long that he ends up at UW.

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