Heels Turn Up Heat for Cook

The Tar Heels have turned up the heat on 2011 point guard Quinn Cook and the Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill standout now lists UNC in his top three.

"Coach (Roy) Williams called me," Cook said. "They haven't really been that aggressive with me (before) because they have Kendall [Marshall] and Larry Drew, but they talked to P.J. Hairston and James McAdoo about me and they just asked about me."

"They want a point guard in this class and they told me I'm capable of coming in and filling that role," he added. "Coach Williams hasn't recruited me since my sophomore year, but we already have a great relationship. We are just going to pick things up and add them back to the list."

Cook, Scout.com's No. 20 prospect, now has three schools on his list. To go with North Carolina, Duke and UCLA make up his top three. He's taken official visits to Duke and UCLA, and is trying to go to Chapel Hill (N.C.) this weekend.

"They talked to me about a visit on November 5th, but I don't know," Cook said. "I have to talk to coach [Steve] Smith about that one. I know we have a game November 5th."

"It depends on what Coach (Steve) Smith says," he added. "If he gives me the go ahead next weekend, then I'll go. But we have a game and at Oak Hill we have Saturday school so it's going to be tough. It's all up to Coach Smith."

Although North Carolina seems a little late to the party, Cook doesn't mind. In fact, the five-star prospect, who played his first three seasons of high school ball at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, said he grew up following the Heels.

"That's my dream school," Cook said. "I was always a big North Carolina fan because of Michael Jordan. So just to have them recruiting me is a dream. Coach Williams does a great job and North Carolina speaks for itself. I'm just happy I'm in a position where they can recruit me."

Despite adding UNC back to his list, Cook doesn't anticipate waiting until the second signing period. In fact, he was adamant that he was planning to announce his college choice soon and sign early.

"I'm definitely going to commit and sign in the early period," Cook said. The Early Signing Period begins in less than two weeks.

According to Cook, who doesn't have an exact date on when he will make his decision public, Williams is set to see him at Oak Hill on Tuesday.

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