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Thursday morning links and notes: Cousins continues to conquer

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- OK, I don't like to say I told you so ... but I told you so. Well, at least the doubters. If there are any remaining skeptics of DeMarcus Cousins, they are growing thin. On Wednesday night, Cousins had a monster of a game for the undefeated Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League. The ex-UK big man scored a team-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds, five assists and only the game-winning shot with 2.9 seconds left in the game. Cousins, who is ranked No. 1 the NBA.com Rookie Ladder, is averaging a double-double (18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds) for the 3-0 Kings. Again, I'm not sure why everybody is surprised. This is the same guy that dominated the college basketball interior last season, and, as Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee writes, DeMarcus Cousins is showing the Kings he means business. Does he ever. Check out video highlights and a postgame interview with Cousins below:

 

- Congrats to John Wall for winning an ESPY on Wednesday night for the Best Male Collegiate Athlete at the 2010 ESPY Awards. Wall, who has been busy tearing up the NBA Summer League along with Cousins, beat out Wisconsin standout Blake Geoffrion, Alabama tailback Mark Ingram, Ohio State guard Evan Turner and Florida International infielder Garrett Wittels.

- UK men's basketball signee Brandon Knight was at the 2010 ESPY Awards on Wednesday night to accept the prestigious award as Gatorade's Male High School Athlete of the Year. Point guard University continues. Not much else I need to say about that.

- Exactly eight years ago today, on July 15, 2002, Mitch Barnhart was hired as UK's athletics director. Say what you want about Barnhart, but there is no doubt he has helped transcend success across the entire athletics department. Kentucky, under Barnhart's reign, is no longer just a basketball school.

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