It's Quinn Cook's Final Home Game
Quinn Cook was the one of the final commitments from the class of 2011 for Duke in what turned out to be a five man recruiting haul for head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. And, after four seasons, the player who took the longest to decide on a destination will be the only one of the group around to take his final curtain call at center court.
The former Oak Hill Academy star picked Duke over North Carolina and UCLA, and joined fellow McDonalds All Americans Austin Rivers and Marshall Plumlee. Duke also added Michael Gbinije and Alex Murphy to the class after Murphy reclassified from the class of 2012 to attend Duke for a redshirt season.
Rivers would depart for the NBA after one season while Gbinije and Murphy transferred to Syracuse and Florida respectively. Plumlee has battled injury and undertook a redshirt season, bumping him back to the same career path as the class of 2012. And so the five man class that was supposed to build continuity and provide a base for the always talent hungry Blue Devils didn’t. At least not until this year when Cook had a meeting with Mike Krzyzewski to discuss his past, present, and future.
"A couple weeks after we lost to Mercer last year, I had a meeting with my mom and Coach about everything. It was basically a wake-up call with him telling me I needed to be a leader this year."
And leadership has been a the defining trait for Cook in his final season. He didn’t grumble or complain when a freshman came in and took over as the starting point guard position. Instead, Cook took Tyus Jones under his wing and helped develop what is considered one of the best backcourts in America.
Some of that is due to Jones’ ability, but a lot of credit goes to Cook who is shooting over 40 percent from long range, and who has been knocking down big shot after big shot throughout the year.
He scored 22 points against North Carolina while also harassing former Player of the Year candidate Marcus Paige into a 2-of-11 shooting night, and followed that up with 27 against Clemson when Duke didn’t have Jahlil Okafor available. Over the last five games Cook is averaging 21.8 points per game while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from the perimeter. During that stretch Cook played 40.6 minutes per night.
“He’s been the rock of this team,” said Matt Jones of Cook.
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