Duke Blue Devil sophomore guard Quinn Cook sat out part of the 2011-2012 season with an injury. In his limited time, the former high school standout was only given 9.5 minutes per game to show off his skills. After starting the 2012-2013 season on the bench, the Duke point guard has now risen to be the starter, and one of the key reasons for Duke’s 6-0 record.
Cook was one of the top recruited guards in the 2011 class. After choosing Duke over Villanova, UCLA, and North Carolina, Cook made his decision known by saying, “The reason I chose Duke is because of Coach K.” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was impressed with Cook, who followed in the footsteps of former Blue Devils William Avery and Nolan Smith by playing at Oak Hill Academy. While a senior at Oak Hill, Cook posted an impressive 19.1 points per game and 10.9 assists per game, while helping the elite school to a 31-4 record. Prior to Oak Hill, Cook played three years at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland. While at DeMatha, Cook helped the team to a 85-18 record and a number one ranking in the state of Maryland.
Last season, Cook played in only 11 contests for Duke. Cook averaged just under 10 minutes a game and scored around four points per game. The 2012-2013 season has been a different tale for the sophomore. Through six games, Cook now is averaging 10.7 points per game, while also contributing 5.5 assists per game. Cook’s field goal percentage has been above 43% in five of six Duke basketball games. Cook remains a 50% three point shooter on the 2012-2013 season.
Cook was named the MVP of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The Duke point guard scored 15 points against Louisville in Saturday night’s Finals. Cook also added six assists Saturday night. Prior to the Championship game, Cook scored 9 points with 9 assists against VCU, in a rematch of the famous 2007 matchup, and also scored 17 points with four assists and five steals against Minnesota.
On Saturday night, Cook was as clutch as ever, scoring Duke’s final 8 points in a 76-71 victory over Louisville. The matchup of two legendary basketball teams pitted number two Louisville against number five Duke in an early season battle between two NCAA Championship contenders. Cook’s win and trophy were also special to his mom, who attended several Battle 4 Atlantis games in the Bahamas. “His dad and I eloped here 25 years ago,” she told reporters. Maybe Duke should consider playing all their games in the Bahamas, if Cook can answer the call.