Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins 'full speed' in practice after recovering from gunshot wound

by Ryan Aber Published: June 17, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) tries to get past Baylor's Brady Heslip (5) during the Big 12 Tournament college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Baylor at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 13, 2014. Baylor won 78-73.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) tries to get past Baylor's Brady Heslip (5) during the Big 12 Tournament college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Baylor at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 13, 2014. Baylor won 78-73. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The bullet remains lodged in Cousins’ shoulder and there are no plans to remove it, as that surgery could cause complications.

Brown said Cousins would have to get used to playing with it there, but that it was in a “safe” spot.

“I kind of look forward to him getting hit in that area just to let him know, ‘Hey, I’m going to be OK,’” Brown said.

Cousins, who averaged 11 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a sophomore, is ready to get back to basketball.

“I was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Cousins told the site. “I just happened to get shot. A bullet doesn’t have a name (on it). It probably wasn’t meant for me. I just happened to be in the way of the bullet.

“Everything happens for a reason. It’s just a motivation for the future.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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