MARCUS Cousin that is coming to the PBA is not DeMarcus Cousins, but Blackwater is hoping he could come up with the same intensity to lift the struggling Elite in the PBA Governors Cup.
Blackwater was prompted to make the change as Marcus Douthit is set to leave for Singapore on Saturday with the Gilas cadets to defend the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball championship.
Elite team owner Dioceldo Sy said they are hopeful that the 28-year-old Cousin - who is in no way related to the Sacramento Kings star - could save Blackwater’s sagging fortunes.
“He’s coming from a tournament in Japan, still young and if he plays well, itutuloy-tuloy na namin siya and possibly, siya na rin maging import namin for next season,” Sy told Spin.ph on Thursday.
Cousin, listed at 6 feet 11 inches, will arrive on Saturday evening, giving him ample time to acclimatize and work with his new teammates before Blackwater sees action six days later on Independence Day against Talk ‘N Text.
Blackwater then plays San Miguel Beer on June 16.
The Elite suffered a franchise-worst 123-85 loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday night, pinning them down the cellar with a 1-5 win-loss record.
The 28-year-old Cousin, who played college basketball at Seton Hall and later University of Houston, had a brief stint with the Utah Jazz in the 2011 season, averaging 1.0 point and 0.8 rebound.
He eventually played in Israel and Turkey, before hooking up with the Austin Toros and the Rio Grand Valley Vipers.
The long-armed Cousin played for Kyoto Hannaryz in Japan during the 2012-13 season, where he averaged 14.5 points and 9.7 rebounds in 57 games.
A noted rebounder in the NBA D-League, Cousin also played for Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rico’s pro league where he normed 8.3 points and 9.4 rebounds in the 2015 season.