A few Duke Basketball players will remain on campus this summer and work on their game, while others will take a brief trip home in June before returning in July. Cook was present at the recent Coach K Academy where he answered some brief questions for Blue Devil Nation, sharing that Semi Ojeleye would take Rodney Hood’s old and what he had learned from players who have moved on since his time in Durham.
What have you been up to since the season ended and what are your plans for this summer?
I’ll be here all summer. You get an option to go home in June, but right now I’m taking classes with Semi. So, I’ve just been here working out since the season ended.
And Semi lives with you now?
Yes. Semi lives in our house now. Rodney was living with us but he left, so he’s in his room and we’re having a good time.
So, are you getting AARP mail yet? You’re the old man on this team now. Is it hard to believe this will be your senior season?
Naw, I can’t. I can’t. I’m the senior on this team and it’s for real so I’m ready to grab hold of the challenge and opportunity.. I see guys around during the K Academy who’ve played here ahead of me, like Austin and the older players, but now it’s my turn, so it’s for real. I mean, great teams, especially here at Duke always have great seniors. You don’t want your last year to be something you are going to regret. I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a lot of great seniors like Miles, Mason, Ryan … and those guys have helped show me the way and I think I’m ready to help my team in the same way.
What is the plan from the staff for you this season? What do they expect from you?
To be the leader, the big brother on the team and help the young guys out and just be there everyday because you don’t get the practices, workouts and eventually the games back.