Quinn Cook Analysis

Quinn Cook

Scout.com's Brian Snow and Evan Daniels chime in on Duke's five star point guard commit out of Oak Hill Academy.

TDD: What's your profile-length analysis of Quinn Cook?

Brian Snow: Cook does a lot of things well on the floor. First and foremost he is very quick with the basketball and simply knows how to score. That is not to say he doesn't get teammates involved, because he does, but his quickness and just natural ability to get buckets makes him tough to deal with. Also he is a natural leader. Nationally he is one of the kids that everyone in the class really identifies with, and in a point guard that is huge.

As far as his weaknesses, he isn't the biggest point guard out there, so physically he can struggle some on defense, and also he is working to become a better decision maker. Sometimes he forces things too much, and that can lead to turnovers.

Evan Daniels: His big strength is leadership. You look at the U17 Team USA squad this summer where he started every game and averaged more than seven assists per night. He's a chemistry guy and a great locker room presence. He's also a much better scorer than people give him credit for. For Team USA and at other events he didn't have to score all the time, but this year for DC Assault he had to carry that responsibility more and more.

He needs to continue to improve his shooting, though he shoots it pretty well. He has decent speed but he isn't the fastest guy out there. I think he'll get work on both of those areas at Duke because they will demand that he step in ready to defend.

Was there a signature performance Cook put on during the times you've seen him?

BS: Not sure I can think of one signature performance from him. I have never seen him have that freakish 40 point game, but last year as a 16 and under in Akron he put on big show despite the fact that his team took a loss, and I really think that opened my eyes up to just how good he can be.

ED: The entire Team USA experience sticks out for me. He really rallied his teammates and ran the team at a high level, which is what he'll need to do in Durham.

How has his game evolved over the last few years?

BS: I think it's been a case of watching Quinn go from a combo guard to playing the point guard position in a more traditional role. This time last year there were questions about his ability to do so, but now there are absolutely none.

How do you see the Oak Hill experience changing Quinn's game?

ED: At Oak Hill he's going to have so many weapons around him. His job will be to run the team and to find those guys while also looking to score. Next year at Duke it'll be more of the same. He'll have guys like Seth Curry, Austin Rivers, Andre Dawkins, and Michael Gbinijie around him - all of whom can put the ball in the basket. Being at Oak Hill will have him used to playing with big time athletes and managing a team that plays at a high level with a lot of talent.

BS: His high school coach at DeMatha, Mike Jones, is absolutely top notch, and he has always been surrounded by high level talent, so I don't think Oak Hill is going to change much for him that regard. The only thing it will really do is make him focus 100 percent on basketball since he won't be around his circle of friends and family back home.

Sometimes when a recruit is described as someone who gets his teammates involved or the best playmaker in the class, it can be viewed as recruit-speak for a below average athlete…

ED: Quinn is a very good athlete. He's a top five point guard in his class and he's stronger than you'd think. He's got a strong handle and he's crafty when he needs to be. You don't earn the starting point guard spot at the places he has without being a good athlete.

BS: Quinn isn't what I would call an explosive leaper, but sometimes people confusion jumping ability with athleticism. There is no question that Quinn is a good athlete. He has good quickness, good top end speed with the ball, he changes directions well, and he is fairly strong for his size. All of that is just as, if not more important, when talking about athleticism than just pure leaping ability. He definitely strikes me as a better basketball athlete than Greg Paulus. Cook won't struggle to guard, once he puts his mind to it.

Anyone who springs to mind for you in terms of comparison as a player?

BS:  I am absolutely awful at comparisons, and it is so tough because you see all the differences between kids. With that being said, a guy like Kalin Lucas is a good starting point.

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