Norman, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Oklahoma expects guard Isaiah Cousins to join the team’s summer basketball activities after he recovers from the bullet wound that he sustained after he was caught in the middle of a gang war in his hometown of Mount Vernon, New York.
Cousins was wounded by an errant bullet that hit him in the shoulder, according to a police report
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger was aware Cousins had been shot and released a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“I’ve spoken to Isaiah and he is doing well,” Kruger said. “It truly was a matter of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was simply talking to some friends when an outsider fired a shot. Everyone we’ve spoken to said they don’t believe anyone in his group was a target,” Kruger said.
“The bullet struck him in the back of the shoulder and doctors are not planning surgery. He should be healed in a few weeks and begin summer activities with the rest of the team in June. We’re very thankful it wasn’t worse than it was,” he added.
A 6-foot-4 rising junior, Cousins averaged 11.0 points and 4.2 rebounds last season.
According to a police report, Cousins was an innocent bystander and hanging out with a group that wasn’t involved with the two gangs in question, the “Goonies” and “Gunnas.”