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See DeMarcus Cousins Relive Kentucky Glory Days with John Wall and Eric Bledsoe

Kentucky freshmen, from left to right, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins watch senior day activities prior to their NCAA college basketball game against Florida in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, March 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 22, 2014

"That's one of the greatest years of my life." 

These are the words of DeMarcus Cousins, who had no idea what would be in store for him when he followed coach John Calipari from Memphis to Kentucky. The experience ended up being an incredible one. You can see him relive those glory days with the Wildcats in the video below:

It's quite clear that the center known as "Boogie" thinks fondly of his days playing alongside John Wall and Eric Bledsoe.

While he's throwing up monster numbers with the Sacramento Kings, his former teammates are doing the same with the Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns, respectively. Wall even made his first All-Star team this year, and it doesn't seem like the other two Wildcat products are too far from earning a similar honor.

He and the two guards were close long before their shared collegiate adventure and subsequent NBA careers. Once they joined forces in Lexington they were virtually inseparable. They sat together on the bench, dominated on the court and even went to many of the same classes. 

But it's still basketball itself that Cousins seems to remember most. 

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 19:  DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates a made basket during the game against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Rupp Arena on November 19, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In that must-watch video, Boogie discusses the sheer enormity of playing at Kentucky in front of Big Blue Nation. He reminisced about Big Blue Madness, winning the SEC Championship, playing games in legendary arenas and watching Wall light up North Carolina in the NCAA tournament. 

While he never specifically mentions just how dominant he was during his one year in college, let's not overlook that. The big man rumbled over the opposition to the tune of 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while shooting 55.8 percent from the field. 

"When you think of elite SEC centers, you've got to think of DeMarcus Cousins," wrote B/R's Matt Overing while ranking Cousins the No. 5 freshman in Kentucky history trailing only Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Wall, Brandon Knight and Anthony Davis.

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 25:  (L-R) John Wall #11 and DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats react late in the second half against the Cornell Big Red during the east regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome o
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The Wildcats went 35-3 during the 2009-10 season, eventually dropping a game against West Virginia that would have got them to the Final Four and a matchup with the Duke Blue Devils. 

It was a disappointing outcome, but even that failure couldn't ruin the one-year experience Cousins enjoyed alongside Wall, Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson and the rest of a stacked Kentucky squad. 

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