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Sunday / October 21.
  • DeMarcus Cousins Weighing Options; Drew Staying at Baylor

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    DETROIT – DeMarcus Cousins will spend the weekend huddling with his mother and weighing his college options.

    “He and his mom and are going to talk over the next two days and then they’ll make a decision or open it back it up,” said Otis Hughley, Cousins’ coach at Mobile (Ala.) LeFlore High.

    The 6-foot-10 Cousins initially committed to Memphis but did not sign a Letter of Intent. Now he is reevaluating his options after John Calipari signed on for eight years and $32 million at Kentucky.

    Cousins is now considering Kentucky, Alabama, Kansas State, Washington and N.C. State.

    He chose Memphis because of Calipari and could follow him there.

    Calipari said in an interview with Andy Katz broadcast Sunday on ESPN that he had reached out to Cousins.

    “We will talk to the [unsigned recruits] to see if they have interest,” Calipari said. Asked if he had reached out already, he said, “Yes, I have.”

    “I think he’s going to follow Coach Cal,” a source close to Cousins said. “He wasn’t going because of Memphis, it was because of Coach Calipari.”

    Xavier Henry, another Memphis recruit, appears headed to Kansas, unless he decides to stay with his brother C.J. at Memphis. John Wall, who had been leaning toward Memphis, could follow Calipari to Kentucky, or could choose from among Baylor, Duke, Kansas or N.C. State.

    “I think I’m going to narrow my list down at the Jordan Game,” Wall said. “I’m going to have to rethink it all over and cut my list.”


    Scott Drew will remain at Baylor and won’t take the Memphis job, according to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.

    “He’s done a great job,” Baylor AD Ian McCaw told the Star-Telegram, “and we’re glad he’s a great fit for us.”

    Drew led Baylor to the NIT final against Penn State and a 24-15 record.  He is 81-95 in six years at Baylor.

    Memphis, which lost John Calipari to Kentucky, could now look at Avery Johnson or Reggie Theus. Parrish also mentions Leonard Hamilton as an option.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.