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Quinn Cook still holds interest in Duke

Quin Cook drives to the basket in Cameron Indoor Stadium during the Tournament of Champions - Photo copyright Rick Crank and BDN Photo

BDN Premium continues it’s coverage from the TOC with this Quin Cook interview and we are just scratching the surface.  Next up on BDN Premium will be Andre Drummond followed by Amile Jefferson, Austin Rivers, Tyler Adams, more on J.P. Tokoto and Alex Murphy and that is just a partial list. BDN was at the Nike EYBL and TOC last week and we’ll be beating the AAU trail again this weekend.   It’s a great time to join BDN Premium!  Quinn Cook is a highly rated point guard prospect who plays his AAU ball for D.C. Assault.  During this past weekends Tournament of Champions, BDN caught up with the prosect who said he still has interest in Duke if they do him.[private]

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Dual interview with Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton

Hairston and Thornton - BDN Photo
Hairston and Thornton - BDN Photo

The Blue Devil Nation has talked to future Dukies Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton on numerous occasions, but we felt you might like to hear them for yourself.  Here is the audio feed from an interview after the two friends and teammates led their team to a win in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Next up – Kyrie Irving and Dominique Ferguson.  It’s a great time to join BDN Premium and get full access  to the site.

BDN Premium talks recruiting with D.C. Assault and DeMatha PG Quinn Cook

Blue Devil Nation Premium brings you an interview with prospect Quinn Cook.  The DeMatha product is a pure PG who is comfortable with the basketball in his hands.

Quinn Cook - BDN Photo
Quinn Cook - BDN Photo

He was a man among boys on his team during the recent Southern Jam Fest scoring in the mid twenties in almost every outing.  He has a good handle and advanced offensive skills, but still needs work on his on ball defense.  This kid stood out in the crowd and after viewing him in six games now, I feel it safe to say that he will be one of the top 25 players in his class of 2011.

You  guys lost a tough championship game on a buzzer beater, what do you do to bounce back from that?

I mean, the good thing about basketball is that you have more games to play and this loss has to be put in perspective.  Next time we just have to make sure all their guys are checked.

How do you feel about your play in the Hoop Group Southern Jamfest?  Most observers have to see you as all tournament team.

I felt [private]  pretty good, but I think I could have done a lot more better.

What would you like to improve upon before entering college?

My foot speed. If I get that, I’ll be ready.

You are coming back from an injury, is that mending well now?

Yeah, yeah, it’s healing well.  Today is actually the day I sustained the injury last year.

Are you getting serious about the recruiting process?

Yeah, I take it one day at a time getting advice from my elders and mentors, my coaches and Mother.  After this school year I’m really getting into it.

Are you hearing from a lot of schools?

Yeah.  Indiana, Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgetown, N.C. State, Florida, a few schools.

Did you have a dream school growing up?

North Carolina and Michael Jordan.

You played for DeMatha and  weren’t exactly in the shadow of Josh Selby last season, but what will it be like to be on your own this coming year?

It’s going to be tough, but my coaches and team are prepared for another big year.  We are just working hard in the gym and pushing each other.

Are you still open with the recruiting process or open to other schools coming in?

Yeah.  I’m interested in anyone who is interested in me.

Did you grow up pulling for any particular conference?

I was always an ACC guy because Maryland is right down the street and Duke.  My Godbrother goes to Duke so, I was always a big ACC guy.

Now your God Brother is …

Nolan Smith.

Growing up a Carolina fan, is Duke somewhere you would consider playing for them should they offer?

I mean, I respect … my favorite coach is Coach K.  The way he could transition over and lead the USA to a Gold medal.  The way he leads his team, I have respect for Coach K and if they started recruiting me, I would be very proud.

It seems like you would be playing with the older DC Assault team, but with Tyler Thornton and Eric Adkins there, I suppose there is an overload of guards in the system.

I used to play with them because I have never had an age group.  I played with the older guys growing up but they formed another team and I play with Chris Martin.

You seem very confident with the ball in your hands.  What are you thinking out there?  Are you looking for your shot or just to make a play?

I’m a pass first point guard and …

Now, you might have to convince a few people of that.  I mean you averaged 24 ppg in this tournament and seemed really comfortable on the offensive end.

Out here, I have to score but for DeMatha I get everybody involved.

And the ideal situation in college for you would be?

To go where I could fit in and make an impact as a freshman.

You’re still a a very young man, but is there a timeline in your mind with concern to the process?

No, there is no rush.  I will just have to sit down with my AAU coach and my Mother and we’ll make a decision.

Now who is this on your t-shirt?

That’s my Dad.

Now wait a minute, it’s Mothers Day …

(smiling as his Dad walks up and says, you’re giving me a shout out to the people) Yeah, my Mom is here too.

Good luck on the rest of the year.

Thank You. [/private]

Southern Invitational tournament updates

a-dawkins-iiThe Southern Invitational AAU Basketball tournament was held this past weekend at the Boo Williams Complex in Hampton, Virginia, with Mark Watson on site covering the event for Blue Devil Nation.

Semi-finals action saw all three 2010 Duke commits in action against each other as Boo Williams, featuring Andre Dawkins, defeated DC Assault, featuring Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton, 63-54.

Dawkins led Boo Williams by scoring 26 points with 23 coming during the second half.  In the first half, Tyler Thornton played shutdown defense on Dawkins limiting him to three points.  Foul trouble caught up with Thornton so he was unable to keep up the defensive pressure.  Highly touted 2011 prospect James McAdoo scored 16 points for Boo Williams.

Josh Hairston was limited to three points in the contest.  Hear  all the details from Mark in this audio update over at Roundballrecruiting.com.

In the Championship Game, CP3 made a statement via a dominating 93-70 victory over Boo Williams.  This is a game everyone expected to be close but it was anything but close.  CP3 was led by UNC bound Reggie Bullock, Wake Forest bound Melvin Tabb, 2011 player PJ Hairston, and a relatively unknown point guard named Chapman.  Hear all the details here.

News from the earlier action is here and here.  Be sure and check back as Blue Devil Nation will be providing much additional coverage of the Southern Invitational over the next several days.

Recruiting Focus – DeMatha and D.C. Assault PG Quinn Cook

Quin Cook - BDN Photo
Quin Cook - BDN Photo

Last year, Quinn Cook, a 2011 prospect, lost his father, Ted, to a cardiac arrest. This year, the point guard led the legendary DeMatha high school program to a City Title in Washington (D.C.), including a one-point victory over Tyler Thornton and Gonzaga. During the AAU season, he is the engine for the D.C. Assault 16-and-Under team. In each of the last two weeks, Cook has almost single-handedly led his Assault team to the finals of the Pitt Jam Fest and the semi-finals of the King James Shooting Stars Classic, scoring 17 and 28 points, respectively. During the Pitt Jam Fest, Blue Devil Nation spoke with Quinn about winning the City Title, dealing with the death of his beloved father, and future Duke guard, Tyler Thornton.

Blue Devil Nation: How’s your recruiting going? Do you have any timeline for when you’d like to decide by? [private]

Quinn Cook: My timeline… I don’t really have one right now. If I feel that the time is right, I’ll just sit down with my mom, my AAU coach, and my high school coach about the decision.

BDN: So nothing really planned?

QC: No

BDN: What schools are after you right now? [private]

QC: North Carolina, Georgetown, Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, and a couple of other ACC and Big East schools.

BDN: A lot of East Coast schools
QC: Right, right

BDN: Which of those schools have formally offered you?
QC: I’m not really sure right now. My coach…my high school coach, actually, has been handling that.

Blue Devil Nation: Whenever you do decide, what will be some of the most important factors in choosing your college?
Quinn Cook: Exposure, tradition, academics, of course, and just, like, a family atmosphere.

BDN: Have you made any visits yet?
QC:
I’ve visited Georgetown this fall and I planned on going to North Carolina, but I had an obligation I had at school. After all of this settles down, I’m going to go down there.

BDN:
Where do you plan on going to camp?
QC: I’m really not sure at this point.

BDN: Who are some players that you try to emulate?
QC: I have my own style, but I really watch Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant.

Blue Devil Nation:
As a point guard, what style of play do you like to run?
Quinn Cook: Fast. I like to run up-and-down and keep going.

BDN: What do you feel you need to improve upon most?
QC: My strength and my foot speed. I want to work on a lot of things, but those are my main two that I have to work hard on.

BDN:
What do you do best?
QC: I think my passing. I’m a pass-first point guard.

Blue Devil Nation: Now you play in a great high school league, but what are some of the differences that you’ve found between playing in the WCAC and playing AAU basketball?
Quinn Cook: The differences that I’ve seen are that the competition in high school is much more physical. Guys really get after it, but, in AAU, guys want to try to showcase their talent. I would say the high school competition is more aggressive, but the AAU is more better because it’s all-Americans out there.

Blue Devil Nation:
Can you talk about winning the City Title and particularly winning on a last second shot?
Quinn Cook: It’s great because it’ll go down in history. I mean you can be fifty years old and be back at high school and just …

BDN: You’ll always remember those guys and be able to share that time.
QC: Yeah, absolutely right.

BDN: What’s your current height and weight?
QC: I’m 6’1” and 175.

BDN:
What’s your role going to be like next year?
QC: More of a leader and more of a distributor

Blue Devil Nation:
What’s your relationship like with Curtis Malone? A godfather?
Quinn Cook: Yeah, he’s like a godfather to me.

BDN: Who’s been the toughest player you’ve ever faced, either in high school or in AAU competition?
QC: Oh, wow, I’ve got to say, um, that’s tough. I’d say probably Samardo Samuels.

Blue Devil Nation
: Can you talk about some of the great point guards you’ve played with and against in the D.C. area? Guys like Markel Starks, Tyler Thornton, Josh Selby, Kendall Marshall.
Quinn Cook: That’s why I think the Washington metropolitan area is so strong because you’ve got point guards all over the place.

BDN: Your fellow D.C. Assault point guard Tyler Thornton was saying that the WCAC is like a mini-ACC.
QC: Yeah, everyday you’re going against elite competition

BDN:
How would you assess your handle, your defense, and your overall shooting?
QC: My handle is okay and my D is something I need to work on. My three-point shooting is going well. My mid-range is good. It’s good.

Blue Devil Nation:
Since you didn’t mention them before, I’m not sure if I should ask you these next two questions, but what’s your impression of Duke from afar?
Quinn Cook: Oh, I love it. I mean my godbrother. I mean I’m very close with Nolan Smith.

BDN: Have you visited it?
QC: I mean I went a little bit, but…I love Nolan and I love Duke. They’re like one of my favorite schools. I’ll probably visit them when I go down there.

BDN: So you’d be open to them if them if they start recruiting you heavily?
QC: Oh, yes, of course…of course

BDN:
What about Coach Krzyzewski?
QC: He’s a legend. I really want to have a pleasant meeting with him. I really respect him and what he’s done.

Blue Devil Nation:
For people that don’t know, you lost your father last year to a cardiac arrest and you wear an image of him on a shirt beneath your uniform. There is never a good time, but I lost my father recently too. It must’ve been devastating, particularly to lose him so unexpectedly.
Quinn Cook: It was very tough, but, you know, I just had to be there for my mother and my sister. I had to be there and, you know, Nolan talked to me. I had a lot of uncles and older friends help and step in.

Blue Devil Nation:
Can you give the audience a scouting report on Tyler Thornton and tell everybody what he’s like as a person?
Quinn Cook:
Like, off the court, he’s genuine and really, like, laid-back, but, you know, on the court, he’s just the opposite. He likes to get everybody going. He’s a very, very good player.

Blue Devil Nation:
What would you like the audience to know about you away from the court?
Quinn Cook: I like to text and to shop. I like to sit and watch movies with my mom.

BDN:
Oh, yeah, what kind of movies do you like?
QC: Sports, action, comedies…pretty much everything except horror

BDN: I never liked horror either. Growing up, I always felt there’s too many actual scary things in the world to have to worry about.
QC: Yeah, yeah, true

Blue Devil Nation: Well, thank you very much, Quinn, and stay strong.
Quinn Cook: No problem. Thank you. [/private]

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