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Isaiah Cousins, Former Mount Vernon High School Basketball Player Shot

Univ. Of Oklahoma Basketball Player Wounded By Stray Bullet In Mount Vernon, But Is OK

Isaiah Cousins

MOUNT VERNON – Former Mount Vernon High School basketball standout, Isaiah Cousins, is recovering after being shot Tuesday night when an errant bullet from one of two warring street gangs struck him in the back of the shoulder, police said. Cousins, currently a guard with the University of Oklahoma Sooners, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx for treatment and is expected to recover without surgery, Oklahoma basketball head coach Lon Kruger said of his starter. “He should be healed in a few weeks and begin summer activities with the rest of the team in June,” Kruger said in a statement tweeted by Oklahoma Basketball. “We’re very thankful it wasn’t worse than it was.” Cousins’ mom, Lisa, says the 20-year-old is doing well and recovering. Police have not yet made any arrests in the shooting, but they are planning on stepping up patrols in areas they know to have high incidents of crime. Cousins has the potential to be a top NBA draft choice, said Lowes Moore, a former NBA player and the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, which Cousins attended as a child. Moore likened Cousins to another tall point guard, Russell Westbrook, a star Oklahoma City Thunder player, and said Cousins likely will use the shoulder injury as motivation. “He’s resilient,” Moore said. “Even as a little kid, he played with that chip, he lived with that chip. He wants to be good.” Cousins started all 33 games for the Oklahoma Sooners last year.

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