Duke lands point guard Quinn Cook

Staff writerNovember 4, 2010 

A year ago, Duke signed Kyrie Irving, the top-ranked high school point guard in the country, and Tyler Thornton, another of the nation's elite point guards. On Thursday, the Blue Devils picked up yet another point guard as Quinn Cook of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill announced for Duke.

Cook played at famed Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha in 2009-10, but transferred to equally famous Oak Hill for his senior season.

"Quinn is a pass first point guard," said Oak Hill coach Steve Smith. "He can really shoot it and has very good three-point range. A lot of point guards who can shoot it, look for their shot all the time, but Quinn wants to get everyone involved in the offense."

Smith said Cook was talking with lots of schools until two weeks ago when he took his official visits to Duke and UCLA.

"He had some relatives in California, but it was a really long way from home," Smith said. "Plus, he is really close to [Duke guard] Nolan Smith, who he Quinn calls his brother. Quinn is sort of following in Nolan's foot prints, both played for the D.C. Assault [club team], both came to Oak Hill and both are going to end up at Duke.

"But Quinn is going to make his own way, too."

His arrival in Duke will assure Coach Mike Krzyzewski of keeping a competitive environment in the backcourt, according to Dave Telep, the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.

"Kyrie Irving can go [to the NBA] any time he wants ," Telep said. "By getting Cook, Coach K has assured himself of having the great competition in practice that he wants regardless of what Kyrie does. It may be come down to canThornton, as a sophomore, hold off freshman Cook for the point guard job. The competition could be great."

Cook averaged 20 points, 5.9 assits and 3.3 rebounds on a 32-4 DeMatha team. He made 102 three-pointers for the Stags.

He helped lead the national U-17 squad to the gold medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championships last summer.

Cook gives the 2011 Duke recruiting class, which is currently ranked No. 2 in the country behind Kentucky, a point guard to go with 6-foot-4 shooting guard Austin Rivers of Winter Park, Fla., 7-foot center Marshall Plumlee of Arden (N.C.) Christ School and 6-6 forward Michael Gbinije of Richmond (Va.) Benedictine.

Rivers is ranked among the top five prospects in the country. Gbinije is in the top 20 on most recruiting lists.

"Duke is bringing in a dominant personality, Austin Rivers," Telep said. "Obviously, there is no way to project Duke's starting lineup in two years, but Cook is a solid addition.

UCLA had made Cook a high priority target this year and the University of North Carolina was showing interest before Cook made his announcement.

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