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Quinn Cook picks Duke

By Josh Barr

Quinn Cook, the All-Met Player of the Year last year as a junior at DeMatha, on Thursday committed to play basketball at Duke next year.

Cook, who is attending Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., for his senior year of high school, previously had narrowed his choices to the Blue Devils, UCLA and Villanova. The 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 20 points, 5.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds last season while leading DeMatha to a 32-4 record and the The Post's No. 1 ranking.

Cook will join two other All-Mets from last winter on the Blue Devils' roster: forward Josh Hairston of Montrose Christian and guard Tyler Thornton of Gonzaga.

"It was just my relationship with Coach K, me and him hit it off from the first time I met him," Cook said Thursday night. "I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and all the players there.

"UCLA was a close second. They were definitely the toughest on me. They were up here every week and went to DeMatha and talked with Coach [Mike] Jones and were checking my background. It was definitely a tough choice."

Cook had injured his right knee in an all-star game in Venice Beach, Calif, in late August. He had surgery to repair torn meniscus and returned to action last week. He said his knee is about 85 percent recovered now and that is working to get back in playing shape.

"I knew coming up here, there wasn't nothing to do but books and basketball," Cook said. "I wake up at 6:30 every morning and work out with an assistant coach. I try to stay in the gym as long as I can."

By Josh Barr  | November 4, 2010; 3:16 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball, DeMatha, Duke, Quinn Cook  
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Comments

the rich keep getting richer

Posted by: jts53 | November 5, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Another Maryland stud that Gary couldn't get. What else is new.

Posted by: sjp879 | November 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, it would have been nice if the Terps could have picked up QC but there is a connection to Duke (and Oak Hill) through Nolan Smith.
Gary W really does need to work harder. PG County (home of the U of MD) is perhaps the number one area in the country for producing NBA players.
DeMatha is a couple miles down Route One from College Park.
Come on Gary.

Posted by: OlSloaner | November 5, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This commitment all but guarantees that Kyrie Irving is one & done as well as Austin Rivers

Posted by: bernard_thompson | November 5, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Gary doesn't need this loser we got sterling Gibbs coming in next year and our best freshmen in Howard and stoglin in years. I don't appreciate the negativity directed at Gary in one the earlier posts. Why don't u leave and go to nc state like yow u hater. Duke is puke and we will win the acc again this year period and it's really funny that va tech is ranked higher than the terps that's a joke. Go terps in Gary we trust!


Posted by: terpterror21 | November 8, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Look like getting into bed with Curtis Malone is paying dividends for Coach K.

Posted by: dominic10464 | November 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

That's Duke's 3rd commitment from this past year's Post All-Met team (Cook, Hairston, Thornton). Not bad.

Posted by: Corn_Laden | November 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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