After one former Wildcat was cut earlier today, one is still fighting for his spot on the final roster for Team USA. Despite scoring a double-double on Friday night, Demarcus Cousins is still making strides in practice. Cousins is fighting for a spot on the roster against the likes of Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond. The national team head coach, Mike Krzyzewski, mentioned Cousins and the impression he made on the coaches earlier today to the media.
“All the coaches were really pleased with DeMarcus and how he played. Look, his attitude is tremendous because he wouldn’t keep coming back to be a part of Team USA if it didn’t mean something to him. We recognize that. He was in good shape. He played well. He was talking on defense. He was our leading rebounder (in Friday’s scrimmage) and he can pass out of the low post. He gives us a ‘big’ that is different than Anthony Davis.”
Although Cousins finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds on Friday night, Plumlee scored 10 points in the third quarter. Cousins’ role as a rebounder, though, seems to be his biggest strength over Plumlee. Former Cat Anthony Davis appears to be a lock to make the roster. As for Cousins to find himself among one of the dozen players on the final roster, his hard work appears to be keeping him as a candidate. The final roster is to be determined by August 30th before the FIBA World Cup begins.