With these two teams playing against each other, it means two high school teammates got their first action of being on the same court together, but for different teams.
Isaiah Cousins, freshman guard for Oklahoma and West Virginia’s sophomore guard, Jabarie Hinds both were teammates at Mount Vernon High School in New York.
The two played for Bob Cimmino when attending Mt.Vernon. As teammates in 2010 they were able to lead Mt.Vernon to a state championship. In that same year, Jabarie Hinds was named New York’s “Mr. Basketball” as a senior.
Cousins and Hinds won 2 section championships together. Hinds won 5 section championships in his 5 years on Varsity, the only person in New York state to ever to do this.
When Hinds left for West Virginia, Cousins still had 1 year with out the star next to him. He was able to lead his team to another state championship, but fell short of the Federation Championship.
Today the two were on the same court for the first time in two years, but were on two different teams.
Oklahoma and Cousins’ were able to get the best of Hinds and West Virginia today with a 7-point victory.
Even in defeat, the sophomore outplayed the freshman. Both players started for their schools and play significant minutes.
Hinds was able to score 9 points in the game, while Cousins didn’t manage to put the ball in the basket after having to deal with foul trouble the whole game.
The two will meet up at least two more times in Big-12 conference play and look for both players to be ready to play.