|DraftExpress: The ACC's Top NBA Prospects (#25-30) Quinn Cook Okaro White Cameron Biedscheid Rakeem Christmas Eric Atkins http://t.co/MPu3i2Wf9W|
|DraftExpress: PG: Kyrie Irving (?) / Quinn Cook, SG: Bradley Beal / Austin Rivers / Vander Blue, SF: Harrison Barnes / Michael Gilchrist|
|DraftExpress: Quinn Cook says knee (same as meniscus surgery) isn't feeling great so he decided to sit out t'day. Been playing too much, not treating it.|
|DraftExpress: Nike Hoop Summit USA team announced. Many here in Springfield: Quinn Cook, Anthony Davis, Rakeem Christmas, Tony Wroten, Michael Gilchrist.|
|DraftExpress: Me and Joe are loving him. Tearing poor Quinn Cook to shreds. Great get for Matta. RT @MattKamalsky What do you think of Shannon Scott?|
H: 6' 1"|
W: 180 lbs
(20 Years Old)
|Rank 38 in NCAA Juniors |
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Hometown: Washington, DC
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|Top NBA Draft Prospects in the ACC, Part Nine (#25-30)|
September 16, 2013
Last time we checked in on Quinn Cook, he was fresh off an appearance with USA Basketball's U17 National Team prior to his final year of high school in 2010. Earning an invitation to the McDonald's All-American Game and ranking as a consensus top-30 recruit with his play as a senior at Oak Hill Academy, Cook put together a modest freshman campaign in Durham, fighting through a nagging knee injury to average 4 points and 1.6 assists per-game in limited minutes behind a deep guard rotation featuring Tyler Thornton, Seth Curry, and Austin Rivers.
Replacing Thornton in Duke's starting lineup just two games into last season, Cook solidified himself as a key player for the Blue Devils as a sophomore. Averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 assists per-contest, the Maryland native had a breakout year, acting as a facilitator in guiding a veteran roster to 30 wins, an Elite 8 appearance, and being named to the All-ACC third team.
One of two returning starters from last season's team, Cook will likely once again take the reins of Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski's offense as a junior. With McDonald's All-Americans Jabari Parker and Matt Jones the fold, and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood becoming eligible, the onus will be on the 20 year old floor general to integrate the program's talented newcomers by continuing to distribute efficiently and improve as a scorer to help this team overcome the losses of Ryan Kelly, Miles Plumlee, and Seth Curry.
If there is one thing the 6'1 guard proved especially adept at last season, it was getting others involved while playing low-mistake basketball. His 6.1 assists per-40 minutes pace adjusted ranked 4th in the ACC last season. On pace to break the career Duke assist-to-turnover ratio record established by Steve Wojciechowski in the late 90's, Cook's 2.6:1 mark over the past two seasons is representative of his reliable play at the point guard position. He is not the type of freak athlete who can put constant pressure on a defense with the threat of his penetration or flashy handle, but he's a savvy passer who reads the floor well, uses his dribble to probe the paint when the opportunity presents itself, creates passing angles, and delivers the ball in a timely manner to open cutters and spot-up shooters alike.
As a scorer, Cook made progress last season. Lacking elite size and leaping ability to score prolifically around the rim, Cook does most of his damage as a jump shooter. Though his shot wasn't falling consistently for stretches last year, he nonetheless knocked down a solid 44% of his catch and shoot jump shots and 39% of his 3-point attempts overall. He struggled a bit from the midrange after shooting well off the dribble as a freshman, connecting on just 26% of his pull-ups as a sophomore.
On the whole, Cook's scoring efficiency remained steady while using almost three times as many possessions per-game as he did as a freshman. Scoring at a below-average rate around the basket in the half court and transition, the name of the game moving forward for Cook is efficiency on the pick and roll. Whether he improves his floater or regains his ability to make shots off the dribble consistently, the more of a threat he can be working off ball-screens the more meaningfully he'll be able to contribute as a scorer both next season and down the road.
Though Cook is not a great athlete and lacks great size, he's a vocal, fairly aggressive defensive player in spurts. He showed improvement in his intensity from his freshman season and did a better job keeping players in front of him in the half court as a sophomore. He may not have the physical tools to be a standout individual defender, but if he gets stronger to better deal with ball-screens, he'll have a chance to take another step forward.
While Cook may not be a glamorous NBA prospect, he showed marked improvement last season in a significant role and has a number of traits NBA scouts value in a point guard prospect. If he can continue improving as a scorer and defender, he'll certainly rank among the best point guards prospects in his class and at the minimum will get plenty of looks as a backup point guard from the professional ranks.
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2011 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Team Measurements
April 12, 2011
Height (with shoes): 6-0
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2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24: Quinn Cook Interviews Myck Kabongo
September 18, 2010
Oak Hill's Quinn Cook interviews Findlay College Prep's Myck Kabongo at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 in Venice Beach, California.
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FIBA U-17 World Championships: Top American Prospects
August 16, 2010
A feisty little point guard with excellent leadership skills and solid passing ability, Quinn Cook did his job well here in Hamburg. He still has room to improve his decision making skills, and he's a bit on the small side, but he's fairly quick and strong and seems to possess excellent intangibles.
Quinn is an inconsistent offensive player who can score from the perimeter and has the ability to run a team effectively when dialed in, but is prone to making questionable decisions at times with the ball in his hands, particularly when it comes to his shot selection in the half-court. He went through stretches where he forced the issue but was absolutely outstanding in other situations, driving and dishing the ball creatively, making good post entry passes, doing a great job in transition, and looking like a true floor general. His ability to run the pick and roll is already far more advanced than most players his age, and he plays with a swagger that you like to see from your team's primary ball-handler.
Quinn is a tough guy who plays with emotion, is very involved in the game, and is highly competitive—all great traits for a young point guard to have. He can also be a bulldog on the defensive end, getting in the passing lanes. He's an absolute pest putting pressure on the ball, even if his lack of size raises concerns for the future if he doesn't grow a bit more. Cook is not the most highly-touted recruit amongst this group but nevertheless has all the makings of an excellent college player.
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