Quinn Cook picks Duke
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."
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