OU guard Isaiah Cousins wounded in New York shooting

by Ryan Aber Published: May 28, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) gets a loose ball from North Dakota State's Lawrence Alexander (12)  during the NCAA men's basketball tournament game between the University of Oklahoma and North Dakota State at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. Oklahoma home lost 80-75. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) gets a loose ball from North Dakota State's Lawrence Alexander (12) during the NCAA men's basketball tournament game between the University of Oklahoma and North Dakota State at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. Oklahoma home lost 80-75. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins is expected to recover quickly and join the team next week after being shot in the back of the shoulder by an errant bullet on Tuesday night, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said.

Kruger said Cousins wasn’t expected to undergo surgery.

“It could’ve been awful if it was in a little bit different spot,” Kruger said.

Mount Vernon, N.Y., police told The Journal News of suburban New York City that Cousins was an innocent bystander caught up in the shooting between two gangs.

Cousins had left his house and was going to meet a friend when he was caught up in the shooting.

The violence between that two gangs began the night before, when a member of one gang fired several shots, striking three cars, according The Journal News.

No one was injured and the shooter was arrested, but the violence continued the next night.

Neither Cousins nor anyone in the group he was with was involved in gang activity, police told the newspaper.

Kruger spoke with Cousins after the shooting.

“It truly was a matter of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Kruger said. “We’re very thankful it wasn’t worse than it was.”

Players are expected back in Norman late next week as summer classes begin June 9.

Cousins averaged 11 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Sooners as a sophomore last season, starting every 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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