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Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins practices 'full speed'

by Ryan Aber Published: June 17, 2014

Oklahoma junior-to-be Isaiah Cousins practiced “full speed” Monday as he recovers from a gunshot wound, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said Tuesday.

Cousins was shot in his left shoulder on May 27 in his hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y., during a gang-related shooting.

“Isaiah’s doing great,” Kruger said. “He practiced full speed yesterday. He was very lucky to come out of it as he did. … That bullet could’ve gone anywhere.”

Neither Cousins nor anyone in his group were involved with the gangs, but were bystanders when he was struck as he walked to a friend’s house.

In a story posted on on Monday, OU athletic trainer Alex Brown said Cousins could be cleared to fully return at any time.

“Young people get well really fast,” Brown said. “He might walk in tomorrow and say, ‘Hey, I’m ready to go.’ We’re getting close to that point.”

Cousins apparently did just that this week.


Oklahoma State’s Michael Cobbins hasn’t yet fully returned to practice as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in non-conference play last year, but Cowboys coach Travis Ford said Cobbins is close and “right on schedule.”

“He’s not into the full contact or anything like that at this point,” Ford said. “We’re hoping that comes within the next four weeks or so. He’s doing really, really well.

“He’s not walking with a limp or anything like that. He’s just focusing on getting not just his Achilles stronger, but other parts of his legs stronger, which you lose being in a cast for as long as he was.”

Before his injury Dec. 30, the 6-foot-8 center averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.


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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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