Cousin commits to Illinois State (Basketball)

April 10, 2010
Anthony Cousins

The road took a little longer than desired for Anthony Cousin of Anchorage to land with a NCAA Division I school, but he’s in the club now.

Cousin, of South High fame, reportedly committed to Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference after a sensational freshman season at Butler Community College. The official signing period begins Wednesday.

The 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 36 games in helping Butler win 29 games and advance to the NJCAA National Tournament.

After leaving Alaska, Cousin went to South Kent Prep in Connecticut before going one-and-done at Butler. Now he’s headed to Illinois State, where he will be a member of the Redbirds.

“I heard they had a great program,” Cousin told pantagraph.com. “I’ve seen them play before and I like the way they play.”

Cousin picked Illinois State over Bradley, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Fresno State, Wichita State and Central Michigan.

He said playing in the Missouri Valley Conference was a big difference.

“I’ve always wanted to play in that conference,” Cousin said.

The speedy Alaskan is a pass-first point guard, although his junior college coach said Cousin is capable of calling his own number as well.

“He’s a guy who if you need to score he can, and if you need him to run the team he can,” Butler coach Mike Bargen said. “He’s everything you think about in a point guard.

Cousin transferred to South High and in 2008 led the Wolverines to an ASAA state championship after averaging 21 points during the state tournament.

“I’m a competitor. I’ll go and compete my butt off,” Cousin said of playing at the next level.

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