Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, a graduate of LeFlore High, is one of 12 players who will represent the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as part of the U.S. men’s national basketball team.
“The opportunity to represent my country at the Olympic Games is one of the greatest honors I’ve experienced in my career,” Cousins told NBA.com. “I’m excited to contribute towards USA Basketball’s winning legacy and continuing its tremendous reputation around the world.”
A two-time NBA All-Star, Cousins had his best season a pro last year, averaging 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for the Kings.
The Olympics will be held August 5-21 in Rio. The United States is 45-3 in Olympic games since professional players began representing the country in 1992, winning five gold medals and one bronze, and has won their last 17 Olympic games dating back to 2004.
Cousins was a PARADE All-American at LeFlore in 2009 and played one season at Kentucky before the Kings made him the No. 5 overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft.