No Home Cook-In for Terps

2011 prospect Quinn Cook talks where he stands with the Terps.

Quinn Cook ’11, a 6’0 point guard out of DeMatha (MD), is considered by most to be the best player in the Old Line State. For a while it seemed that Gary Williams and Co. might be able to keep Cook in-state and bring him to College Park. Now, with recent recruiting developments, Cook is no longer considering the University of Maryland.

Cook lists Villanova, Georgetown, Rutgers, UCLA, Arizona, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Washington, St. John’s, “and a few more” as the schools he is considering. He lists offers from all of them except for North Carolina.

The DC Assault star said he is “not anymore” considering Maryland. His reasoning is that the Terrapins already have a commitment from Sterling Gibbs of Seton Hall Prep (NJ) in the class of 2011. Gibbs and Cook play the same position, point guard.

Maryland is the second school that Cook has removed from his list after accepting a commitment from a point guard. Since Shannon Scott ’11 of Milton (GA) committed to Ohio State, Cook has stopped listing the Buckeyes as an option.

Cook said that he has talked to the Maryland staff about his decision to remove the school from contention. “Yes, I mean it kind of was mutual. They understood, just like I did,” Cook explained.

While Cook will not be going to Maryland, he does know what he is looking for in a college.

“Connection with the coach, exposure, playing time, and somewhere where I can go an win,” Cook said.

As the top player on DC Assault’s U17 squad, Cook helped his team win its pool at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina. Cook and Co. lost in the first round of the National Playoffs—the 16 teams that won their pool—to the Illinois Wolves, who would go on to the semifinals.

Cook is coming off of a superb junior season, in which he averaged 20 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for DeMatha.

“We went 32-4, won the conference championship and city title and were number one in the area, so we did fantastic,” Cook said.

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