NORMAN — For the first time since being shot May 27, Oklahoma basketball player Isaiah Cousins talked about the situation for a story on SoonerSports.com.
While visiting his hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y., Cousins and two friends were talking as he walked to get a shirt from a friend when shots rang out.
Cousins and his friends took off running before Cousins thought he was grazed by the bullet.
After getting two blocks away, though, it became clear the situation was more severe.
“I think I got hit,” Cousins told his friend before he went to the hospital.
Neither Cousins nor the friends he was with were involved in the gangs that precipitated the shooting.
The injury didn’t require surgery, and Cousins was out of the hospital and recovering at home the next day.
He returned to Norman on June 8 and has started doing some limited basketball work, participating in shooting and dribbling drills as well as some weight exercises.
“It’s healing pretty good and the hole is closing up,” Cousins said. “The arm is just a little stiff.”
The bullet remains in his left shoulder.
Team physician Brick Schnebel talked to Cousins’ doctors in New York, and Cousins went through medical tests when he returned to Norman a week ago.
“Taking it out could actually be more traumatic than it going in,” OU athletic trainer Alex Brown told the site. “There’s a chance other problems could occur if you go exploring to pull it out. Where it is, it’s in a nice, safe place.”