Duke recruits

July 10, 2011 

Duke's class of 2011 basketball recruiting group is ranked No. 2 in the nation by Scout.com and includes five players ranked in the top 40 in the nation by ESPN.com:

QUINN COOK

6-0 G, Hyattsville, Md.

ESPN ranking: 37

"At Oak Hill [Academy] many times if they were going to win games he was going to be their leading scorer. So I think he's developed somewhat of a tendency to be a scoring point guard, but I think Coach K will change that as he needs to, to fit in with the Duke program." - Bob Gibbons, All-Star Sports

MICHAEL GBINIJE

6-6 F, Richmond, Va.

ESPN ranking: 28

"Mike Gbinije is a complementary player who fits in because he's a facilitator, and he's smooth, and he can score." - Dave Telep, ESPN.com

ALEX MURPHY

6-8 F, South Kingstown, R.I.

ESPN ranking: 40

"The latest and somewhat unexpected addition of [Alex] Murphy helps provide for the loss of Kyle Singler. He's got that type scoring ability." - Bob Gibbons

MARSHALL PLUMLEE

7-0 C, Warsaw, Ind.

ESPN ranking: 34

"People dismiss Marshall Plumlee, and I think that's a really big mistake. If you look at the trajectory of his career, he's gotten better every single year. And that has to be noted as he enters college." - Dave Telep

AUSTIN RIVERS

6-5 G, Winter Park, Fla.

ESPN ranking: 2

"He's born and bred on basketball. He has excellent knowledge of the game, and he stands a good chance of being the ACC rookie of the year, freshman of the year, and he could win that award nationally. He is very talented." - Bob Gibbons

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