"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.
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.
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.