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Cousins: Calipari advised me to go pro

Updated: April 15, 2010, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- DeMarcus Cousins was simply looking for a place he could be accepted, a school that would embrace his "goofiness" as he put it.

He found all that and more at Kentucky, where the 6-foot-11 center matured into one of the nation's top big men on the court and a beloved eccentric off it.

It was, Cousins says, one of the most "precious" years of his life. It also wasn't enough to keep him from heading to the NBA.

The Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year is ...

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