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OU men's basketball: Isaiah Cousins has come a long way since last season's trip to Lubbock

Cousins has a different position and a new outlook on things. He's also put his lapses behind him quicker than he did as a freshman.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 24, 2014

/articleid/3927020/1/pictures/2326044">Photo - Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) puts up a shot beside TCU's Brandon Parrish (11) and Karviar Shepherd (1) during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) at Lloyd Noble Center, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.  Oklahoma won 77-69. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) puts up a shot beside TCU's Brandon Parrish (11) and Karviar Shepherd (1) during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) at Lloyd Noble Center, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Oklahoma won 77-69. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“He worked hard and battled at it,” Kruger said of Cousins' time at the point. “But (he) was never comfortable. To his credit, he kept working at it.”

With Jordan Woodard running the point for the most part, Cousins has shifted over to shooting guard and has blossomed.

In Wednesday's win over TCU, he had 11 points and a career-high-tying seven rebounds and three steals.

He's also put his lapses behind him quicker than he did as a freshman.

“I've kind of matured this year,” Cousins said. “People from last year helped me, the coaches helped me a lot, even my teammates. They just told me to move on, think of the next play. You don't got to worry about the play before.”

The position switch has helped.

“It frees him up a lot,” Kruger said. “He can score. He has a scorer's mentality. I think we'll see him continue to expand that part of his game. … I think we'll see him get to the bucket a little more and draw more fouls and make more plays for others as he continues to gain confidence and expand his game.”

Another bit of good news for Cousins — he won't have to deal with Gray on Saturday.

Gray transferred to Odessa College after the season and recently signed with LSU.

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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