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Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins should be back in Norman soon

The junior-to-be who started every game last year is expected to be a key part of a Sooners team that will have high expectations next season after making the NCAA Tournament last year and losing just three players — Cam Clark and Tyler Neal to graduation and Je’lon Hornbeak to transfer.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 1, 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

“They got to get rid of these guns,” Lisa Cousins said. “I mean, clean up the community.”

According to police, the violence started when a reputed member of one gang fired several shots Monday night, striking three cars.

The next night, a retaliatory gunshot from another gang struck Cousins.

Cousins said during his sophomore season that he wanted to get away from home for college, but he was also drawn to Norman because of the presence of assistant coach Lew Hill, a Mount Vernon native who used basketball to get out of that environment.

“He helps me and he understands what it’s like growing up and playing for Mount Vernon,” Cousins said near the end of the season. “Oklahoma was nothing compared to New York and Mount Vernon.”

The biggest adjustment, Cousins said, to living in Oklahoma has been the difference in transportation.

“Everything is far away here and you can’t really walk somewhere or there’s not bus transportation, no trains.”

His mother told the newspaper that Isaiah looked forward to returning to Norman.

Isaiah told The Journal News was uncomfortable talking about the incident but wasn’t in pain.

“I’m good,” he said.

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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