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 SoonerSports.com 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.
COBBINS ON TRACK
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.
OU’S BOOKER, ISU’S MORRIS SUMMER TEAMMATES
While most teams are going through organized summer workouts, Oklahoma’s Frank Booker and Iowa State’s Monté Morris are overseas playing on the United States’ Elite Under-20 team.
Iowa State assistant Cornell Mann said Tuesday that when he talked to Morris earlier in the day that he raved about Booker.
“He said he really played well and shot the ball well,” Mann said.
Booker, who will be a sophomore, averaged 5.1 points coming off the bench for the Sooners last year.
COLLINS HAS ADJUSTMENTS TO MAKE
TCU coach Trent Johnson expects freshman Chauncy Collins to have an impact for the Horned Frogs.
When that impact will come, though, is a question.
Johnson said Collins will have more of an adjustment to make to college basketball and school life than other players because of his home school background.
Collins starred for the Oklahoma City Storm and was The Oklahoman’s Super Five Player of the Year as a senior.
“He has a little bit of the ‘it’ factor,” Johnson said. “He can score. It’s all new to him. When you come from a situation like home school, he’s been alone for awhile. How he adjusts to the daily discipline that goes on with school and social life and obviously basketball and structure within basketball is going to determine how good he’s going to be and how soon he’s going to be (able to contribute).
“I love his courage, I love his competitiveness.”
HUGGINS STILL RECOVERING
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins continues to recover after undergoing hip replacement surgery earlier this month.
“I’m sore but I think I’m doing well,” Huggins said. “I think the recovery is going fine. It’s just sore.”
Huggins, 60, used a stool on the sidelines for much of last season as his hip condition grew worse.