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OU basketball starter shot in hometown after being in “wrong place at the wrong time”

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MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Police say a University of Oklahoma basketball player was wounded and is now recovering after being caught in the middle of a gun fight.

According to a report, Oklahoma men’s basketball guard Isaiah Cousins was shot in the shoulder in his hometown on Tuesday night.

Police say Cousins was an innocent bystander and was shot by an errant bullet in the midst of a gang fight.

Mike Houck, a media specialist with the team, says Cousins was simply in the “wrong place at the wrong time.”

He says the junior is recovering and is expected to be able to play this fall.

Lon Kruger, OU’s head coach, released the following statement:

“I’ve spoken to Isaiah and he is doing well. It truly was a matter of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was simply talking to some friends when an outsider fired a shot. Everyone we’ve spoken to said they don’t believe anyone in his group was a target. The bullet struck him in the back of the shoulder and doctors are not planning surgery. He should be healed in a few weeks and begin summer activities with the rest of the team in June. We’re very thankful it wasn’t worse than it was.”

Cousins started every game last year for OU and averaged 11 points a game.