EDINBURG, Texas (October 20, 2018) – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the NBA G League Affiliate of the Houston Rockets, selected Jaleel Cousins (Center, 6’11, 255, University of South Florida) with the 49th overall pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft. The Vipers also selected Branden Jenkins (Guard, 6’5, 190, Texas Wesleyan University) with the 76th overall pick.
Jaleel Cousins played at Navarro College where he averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field as a sophomore. At University of South Florida, Cousins recorded 23 blocks which ranked fourth on the team in the 2014-15 season. Cousins was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll two times. Finished the 2015-16 season being ranked seventh in the conference in rebounding (7.9) and fourth in blocks (1.6). He also recorded eight double-doubles, the most by a USF player since 2007-08. He became the first USF player since 2013 to record back-to-back double doubles, had 52 blocked shots that ranked as ninth-most in a season and led with six charges taken and 24 dunks.
Branden Jenkins played one season at LSU where he averaged 8.4 points per game, scored 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Jenkins also played two seasons at Lee College in Baytown, TX where he averaged 9.5 points as a freshman in 2014, did not play in 2015 and then in the 2015-16 season, eighth in Region 14. Jenkins then played the 2017-18 season at Texas Wesleyan University where he was named 1st-team NAIA All-American, 1st-team All-SAC, SAC Player of the Year and SAC Newcomer of the Year. He was also named SAC Player of the Week three times and NAIA National Player of the Week once. Jenkins was the nation’s sixth leading scorer at 21.97 points per game, scored at least 20 points 21 times in 30 games and had 30 points on three occasions.
The Vipers open the 2018-19 NBA G League season at home against Memphis on November 3 at 7 p.m. Season tickets for the Vipers 2018-19 season are on sale now. For more information, contact the RGV Vipers at 956-56-ARENA or visit www.rgvipers.com.