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11 - Isaiah Cousins

Oklahoma 

  • Birthday: 3/13/94
  • NBA Position: PG/SG
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 190
  • Hometown: Mount Vernon, NY
  • High School: Mount Vernon
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Overall

89

2016
Mock:  58

NBA Comparison: CJ Watson

Strengths: Already an intriguing prospect, Cousins has shown even more versatility as a senior since sliding over to the point guard position for Oklahoma ... Despite not playing the point since high school, Cousins has shown a good grasp of running a pick and roll, as well as setting up one of the premier scorers in the country ... He’s dishing out a career high 4.6 assists and doing so with a 2.0 assist to turnover ratio ... His A/TO ratio actually increased dramatically since transitioning from an off ball player ... In Lon Kruger’s high tempo offense, he’s grown used to pushing the ball, which will suit him better in the NBA than many slower paced college offenses ... He’s shown the ability to get into the lane and make good decisions whether it’s finishing with a floater, getting to the hoop, or kicking it out to a teammate on the perimeter ... Cousins has a good fundamental understanding of how to run an offense, and is versatile enough to be perceived as a threat off the drive and on the perimeter ... Speaking of the perimeter, Isaiah is also a very capable long range shooter who’s hit 125-260 thee pointers in his junior and senior seasons in Norman combined (43%). That kind of volume and consistency will serve him well at the next level ... As an NBA combo guard, who will most likely line up at the PG spot, Isaiah has a 6’5.5’’ wingspan and sizes up at 6’3’’ in shoes ... While quite undersized for a two, his senior year showcasing his skills at the point has opened up more possibilities for him at the next level ... For an NBA point guard he’s slightly above average in terms of size ... This also allows him to rebound well for a player of his stature (4.6 per game).

Weaknesses: Isaiah can sometimes struggle in terms of shot selection, especially when creating for himself off the dribble ... Going into Oklahoma’s Final 4 matchup versus Villanova, Cousins is shooting just .413% from the field, which is actually below his 3 point clip ... A shaky shot selection, and tendencies to over penetrate and take a bad shot over length are a part of this issue ... He’s also a surprisingly sub par free throw shooter (67%) ... While a pretty well built 195 pounds, he could stand to gain some more strength to adapt defensively in the NBA ... He has the size, and athletic ability to guard the point guard position, but continued work in the weight room will be a must ...

Overall: Isaiah Cousins is a combo guard capable of running the point in the NBA and hitting outside shots. He’s a little wild at times creating for himself in one on one matchups, but he’s also a solid pick and roll player with a respectable assist to turnover ratio and experience running in an up tempo system ... Defensively he’s above average, but not exciting which is also representative of his athletic ability. Overall, while not a particularly high ceiling player, Cousins is capable of carving out a role for himself as a backup guard with his long range shooting a potential calling card.

Notes: All Big-12 3rd Team 2016, Measured 6’.5’’ barefoot, 6’3’’ in shoes, with a 6’5.5’’ wingspan and an 8’3’’ standing reach at the 2015 Pan Am Games tryouts.

David Ray 4/1/16

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