Quinn At Seven

Seven is the magic number among high school recruits these days. Quinn Cook trimmed his list to seven but he doesn't have any officials set up yet.

It seems like everyone has a final list of seven. Jabari Brown has seven, ditto for Kyle Wiltjer. As of Monday, add Oak Hill point guard Quinn Cook to that list as well.

The former DeMatha, now Oak Hill floor general trimmed up his list to include Arizona, UCLA, Duke, Rutgers, St. John's, Georgetown and North Carolina.

That's a pretty diverse list for an east coast kid. Two Pac-10, a pair of ACC's and three Big East programs. "My mind is everywhere," Cook said. "I cut my list down but I have no official visits set up anywhere."

Cook doesn't have urgency when he speaks of the process. Next week he'll head up to Oak Hill where he'll seek out the advice of coach Steve Smith on the logistics of setting up home visits. That's the first step to what ideally would be a fall signing.

Duke kinda-sorta has offered; North Carolina has not. How long does one wait for official word? "By the start of the basketball season," Cook said. "If they haven't yet, and they're waiting on guys, that's when I'll cut my list down again and go from there. I don't want to rush and I guess they don't either. I'm fine with it as one."

Duke turned up its pursuit without detailing a scholarship offer to date. "I don't know with Duke because Coach K is the main one recruiting me. He's never said ‘we want to offer you a full scholarship.' That's fine because I'm not really ready to commit."

Cook said he intends to officially visit Arizona, UCLA and Duke. He's been on unofficials to UNC, Georgetown and UCLA. As for a top seven instead of a top five, Cook does have a plan.

"(Seven's) not too much but it's not five. There are some schools I want to do my research with and form a relationship with the coach."

Part of his process will factor into becoming part of a power or helping with a rebuilding project. Does he go far from his D.C. home? Which league will he favor? A lot of questions remain and most won't get answered until he arrives at Oak Hill and begins honing in on a plan for the visits, both in-home and official.

"I want to sign in the fall but it depends on how my visits go. I do want to sign in the fall."


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