Cook Recaps Weekend Visit & Summer

Fresh off a visit to Durham and a strong summer season, D.C. area point guard Quinn Cook spoke with TDD to recap his summer and update his recruitment.

After spending the weekend in Durham and then returning home, Quinn Cook has a lot to think about before returning to Duke in two weeks for an official visit.

"I had a good time at Duke. I'm going to be back up there around the first of October. With my knee injury, the doctor doesn't want me flying yet so I really don't know about any other visits at this point."

The knee injury in question was a bit or torn cartilage in his meniscus, which is far less serious than initially feared. In fact the five star point guard will be back on the court within two weeks and is expected to be nearing full strength when Oak Hill beings its season.

This weekend, however, Cook was on crutches but had a chance to spend some time with his god brother, Nolan Smith. The rising Duke senior, who has gone from a four star prospect to an All-American candidate in the span of three and a half years, has also played the role of mentor for Cook. As the latest big time guard from the D.C. area, Cook has solicited advice from Smith.

"He gives me all kinds of advice on all kinds of things. His main thing to me is to just stay humble and keep my inner circle small. I've also been able to see what it takes to excel at the next level. Nolan is one of the hardest workers out there and he definitely puts in the work away from practice. Since me and him are so close I've been able to witness his transition over the past few years at Duke."

He also had a chance to chat with head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"Coach K is a great coach and he inspires his guys so much. He said he sees me as a great leader for Duke and that I could play a key role for the team early on because of that. He said he knows I can be successful at Duke."

Before the knee injury, Cook spent time balancing his schedule between USA Basketball and the regular AAU circuit before being invited out to the Elite 24 event in California. Looking back on it, Quinn says the best event was, in his opinion, saved for last.

"The Elite 24 was my favorite because you're being recognized as one of the 24 best players in the country. It was very competitive every time out. It was also a great chance for me to meet some other guys who I hadn't met before."

Such as?

"Austin Rivers for starters. I had only seen him play once before the event, so I got to see first hand how good he really is. Myck Kabongo as well. I got to go at him and compete all weekend. Every scrimmage game was competitive. He definitely brings out the best in my and my game. Other guys were Nick Johnson and Michael Gbinije. Overall it was just a great event. We got to be in front of the cameras all weekend, do photo shoots, documentaries, and other things. We also got to interact with a lot of NBA players as well."

Aside from the Elite 24 event Cook cited memories from the Team USA experience in Germany, the Adidas Nations camp, the Chris Paul camp, and Pangos camp.

"Overall it was just a great summer playing at a high level and traveling with my AAU team, The DC Assault."


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