After a forgettable pit stop at Chico State, former Cardinal Newman star Matt Cousins has resurfaced at Santa Rosa Junior College.
And Cousins, a 6-foot-8 center who was an all-state selection as a senior at Newman, looked plenty impressive in his SRJC debut last week.
In three games at the season-opening San Francisco City Tournament, Cousins averaged 18.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and shot 68 percent from the field (21 of 31). The performance was particularly impressive considering the Bear Cubs played against Fresno, ranked No. 1 in the state, and San Jancinto, then ranked No. 5 in Southern California.
Cousins spent a redshirt season at Chico State and then he said he quit the team last year a few games into the season. He said he left due to a diagreement with the coaching staff over what position he should play. They wanted him to be a back-to-the-basket center. He wanted more freedom.
Whatever the case, his move to SRJC, if his debut is any indication, just might eventually land him at another four-year school.
Unfortunately, Cousins injured a quadriceps muscle in practice this week and missed SRJC’s three games at the Southern Idaho Tournament this weekend.
He thinks he might be able to return for the Napa Valley Tournament, which begins Friday.