DeMarcus Cousins is an American professional basketball player currently playing for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball at the University of Kentucky. Cousins first committed to Alabama-Birmingham on February 28, 2008 but never signed a letter of intent. Cousins decomitted from UAB and committed to Memphis on March 9, 2009. On April 7, 2009, Cousins decided to follow John Calipari to Kentucky. He signed his Letter of Intent on April 15. At Kentucky, Cousins averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Led by Cousins and John Wall, the Wildcats reached the Elite Eight of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. On July 7, 2010, Cousins signed his rookie contract with the Kings. The contract was worth about $7 million the first two years with a team option for the third and fourth years. Cousins was named the Rookie of the Month for July during the NBA Summer League. Cousins was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team at the end of the 2010–11 season. On February 8, 2012, Cousins was selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge.
DeMarcus Cousins was selected for NBA All Star Game 4 times - 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Cousins has also won two gold medals as a member of the USA National Basketball team. Boogie, as he is often called, moved to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2017 and was instrumental in Pelicans' regular season run which saw them advance to the first round of playoffs. DeMarcus Cousins was diagnosed with a torn Achillies in January 2018, which ruled him out for the rest of the season. On July 6, 2018 Cousins moved to Golden State Warriors in a controversial move.