Four star Dematha guard Quinn Cook, class of 2011, has some of the top basketball schools in the country pursuing him, including North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgetown, among others. But one of the biggest surprises is the school that isn't recruiting him, local school Maryland.
"He likes Maryland but they aren't recruiting him," said DC Assault coach James Dare.
When asked about Dare's comments, Cook admitted that they were true.
"I went to a lot of their games this year, and I'm very close to Greivis (Vasquez); [however] I haven't received a lot of phone calls or letters from them," Cook said.
Despite the fact that some of the top programs in the country are all over him, the Terrapins aren't completely out of it yet.
"If they started (recruiting me), of course I'd be interested," Cook said. "Gary Williams runs a great program, and they play in the best conference in the NCAA."
The 5-foot-11 Cook recently starred for the United States on its U-16 team, winning the FIBA Americas Championship in what he calls an, "eye opening experience."
While Cook views himself as being the coach on the floor, his coach feels he compares well with two current NBA stars.
"I think he is a smaller version of Chauncey Billups or Chris Paul," Dare said. "He can always score, but he tries to get his teammates involved."
At this point the Dematha star is still very far away from making a decision, though he says he'd like to make one before his senior year. He does say though that he will definitely make visits to Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgetown, and North Carolina. Part of the reason he plans to visit the aforementioned schools is due to their coaching staff.
"Each coach is a great guy, and they are all great coaches," he said.
In the end for Cook, it is all about having a special connection to a school and not location that will prove to be the biggest factor in his decision making process.
"No factor in location," Cook said. "I want to go somewhere I like even if it's cold every day or if it's raining every day. If I like the school then I'll go there."