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Does DeMarcus Cousins have the best pro potential in the upcoming NBA Draft?

According to John Hollinger of ESPN he does.

This past season Cousins led all NCAA Division 1 basketball players with a 35.45 player efficiency rating. The next notable player was Evan Turner who finished 5th with 31.30.

Cousins projected NBA PER came out to 16.14 which qualified as the fifth-highest rating in the Draft Rater’s nine seasons evaluated. According to the player rater he had a higher grade than Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Andrew Bogut, Kevin Love, Greg Oden and LeMarcus Aldridge. If Cousins showed up to the draft combine in better shape (16 percent body fat) he could have had more buzz as the first or second overall pick.

What made Cousins so productive in college was his skill set and size. He was a beast on the offensive glass collecting 20 percent of his teams misses. He had 13 games of 19+ points and 21 games of 10+ rebounds. He measures up to 6″10″, 292 pounds with a 7-5 wingspan and 9-5 standing reach. He has very similar measurements to Brook Lopez but is bulkier and just 19 years old.

Lets take a look at the productivity of Cousins:

Senior in High School: Averaged 24.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 3.2 blocks and 5.1 steals per game his senior season

High School McDonald’s All-American Game: 14 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes of play

Freshman year at Kentucky: 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks in just 23 minutes

Here is the top 12 projected PER for the 2010 Draft Class:

1 DeMarcus Cousins Kentucky 16.14
2. Evan Turner Ohio State 14.79
3. John Wall Kentucky 14.68
4. Greg Monroe Georgetown 14.39
5. Derrick Favors Georgia Tech 13.98
6. Xavier Henry Kansas 13.52
7. Luke Babbitt Nevada 13.35
8. Al-Farouq Aminu Wake Forest 13.30
9. Wes Johnson Syracuse 13.03
10. Greivis Vasquez Maryland 12.97
11. Sylven Landesberg Virginia 12.52
12. Omar Samhan Saint Mary’s 12.47

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