A member of the Dallas Mavericks’ Summer League roster and the younger brother of Sacramento Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins, Jaleel Cousins, signed with Texas-based franchise on Monday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
While joining a team at this juncture isn’t exactly a recipe for making a regular season roster, Cousins could be a potential D-League candidate since he only has two years of Division I experience under his belt. Yes, DeMarcus only needed one – 2009-2010 at Kentucky – but his younger brother does not have the kind of skills the mercurial Kings’ big man does.
Instead, Jaleel honed his talents at borderline mid-major South Florida, playing there the past two seasons after transferring from the junior college ranks.
The 6-11 Cousins saw extensive playing time for the American Athletic Conference program last season, averaging 8.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He also blocked 52 shots, which were the ninth-most in a season at South Florida. Cousins, who transferred from Navarro (Texas) College in 2014, played in every game in which the Bulls competed during his two-year stay.
However, he did not make a substantial impact in Las Vegas for the Mavericks’ summer outfit and joins a team that has several big men already since the season is less than two weeks away. The Mavericks, though, are thinnest at center, considering they are relying on the oft-injured Andrew Bogut to start. Behind Bogut are Salah Mejri and 2016 second-round pick A.J. Hammons out of Purdue. Dwight Powell poses as a backup big option as well despite being listed as a forward.
Nevertheless, Cousins will have a chance to make an impression on a NBA team in the coming days and begin a professional career.