“Get used to Kentucky players being drafted,” ESPN’s Stuart Scott said. “So far it’s two of the first five and there are three others that could go in the first round.”
Said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas: “He is the most talented, the most productive and the most efficient big man in this draft. He is a load.”
There was plenty of talk about Cousins’ maturity, as well. Said Bilas: “The issue is maturity. We’ve talked this to death. It’s all on his back now. He can be as good as he wants to be. The only thing that can stop him from being an elite big man, from being the NBA’s leading rebounder and being a really great player, is Cousins himself.”
And already tonight, we have one winner. The champion for biggest overstatement of the night goes to UK coach John Calipari, who said, “I’d like to say this is the biggest day in the history of Kentucky’s program.”
Spoken like someone who needs to go back and read up some more on the history of Kentucky’s program.
Still, Calipari was passionate when asked about any talk about Cousins’ character questions:
“It’s all unfounded,” Calipari said. “We had some back and forth because it was coming from me. He’s a great young man. My wife thought he was her son. He’s a great young man. he’s going to have a great future. And Scaramento now with Tyreke (Evans) and now Demarcus, it’s going to get scary out west.
“I’d like to say this is the biggest day in the history of Kentucky’s program. You’ve got Patrick Patterson sitting right here. You’ve still got Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton still to go.”