As Wall was surrounded Wednesday by reporters at a corner table at the Westin Times Square, his former Kentucky teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, sat at a nearby table wearing his now trademark black-framed glasses. “You never know him, he has glasses over there,” Wall cracked. “He’ll pull anything out.” Asked by one reporter if his glasses were “a fashion statement or an optical necessity,” Cousins quipped, “That’s just Boogie.” Wall and Cousins are among five Kentucky players who could go in the first round, along with point guard Eric Bledsoe and big men Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton. Wall, Cousins and Patterson were invited to the Green Room.
“It makes it a lot more comfortable having your brothers around,” the 6-11 Cousins said. “We can call each other, talk about what we are going through because we’re basically going through the same things. It’s just a lot more comfortable.” Cousins has taken some heat about his conditioning, with ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb going so far as to compare him to NBA busts Bryant “Big Country” Reeves and Benoit Benjamin. Cousins, who weighed 289 pounds during a recent Nets workout, didn’t deny that his conditioning needed work. “I believe I need to improve on my conditioning and my defense,” he said. Wall defended his former teammate’s conditioning, saying “it was basically because he got a lot of fouls called on him and so he adjusted to it. He played more minutes, so it wasn’t just conditioning.” As for concerns about his character, Cousins replied: : “I play with a fire. I’m an aggressive, physical player. I play off my emotions a lot and that’s what makes me who I am.” Wall again defended his friend. “If you really just have a time or a day or two to sit with him, he’s funny, likes to joke around, have a good time,” Wall said. “Just like to live life and have a good time.” The 6-9 Patterson, the elder statesmen of the Kentucky group, didn’t learn he had been invited to the Green Room along with Wall and Cousins until around noon on Tuesday when he was in Kentucky. “All of us wanted to be in the Green Room,” Patterson said. “My teammates were here and I wanted to be alongside them. And I felt like I was deserving of being here and finally it happened.” Patterson said he thought Bledsoe would be in New York Thursday. As for Orton, whose draft stock has dropped, he said, “I don’t know where he’s at. I’m not sure.” Patterson picked out his own outfit, “down to the shoes, the tie. Every single inch, every detail, I picked myself.” Wall’s mom chose his suit and he still hasn’t seen it. “My mom picked it out,” he said. “Hopefully it ain’t no pink or green. I don’t want to get picked on like Jalen Rose and them.” (The AP contributed) Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter