Aran Smith of NBADraft.net has a breakdown of DeMarcus Cousins that includes commentary from an unnamed NBA Scout:
One scout when asked about Cousins chances of going top 5 texted me this (over a week ago):
“No way…mental issues…he is on bigtime meds i hear…not athletic enough for me talent wise also…but he has been great last month…”
That same scout has since stated that he thinks Cousins will probably go “very high” in the draft, but says he wouldn’t touch him in the top five for fear of off court issues.
Perhaps part of Cousins’ on- and off-court issues are psychological and require medication, but I think there’s another clear reason for what some would characterize as self-destructive behavior.
If Cousins knew he had to purport himself as an actual college student for more than the length of his only campus-based basketball season, I daresay he would be remarkably less reckless. But since Cousins knows he’ll never have to face most of the consequences of his actions, why hold back? Why not slug a student and repeatedly bully opponents? Or engage in god-knows-what that causes fellow players to call you a “nutcase“?
Cousins’ dereliction of respect during his Lexvegas vacation is mostly derived from the fraudulent premise of “college” basketball. As long as players are allowed one-and-dones, guys like Cousins get to make the rules.