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All preseason the presumption was that Quinn Cook would be Duke’s starting point guard. After two subpar performances in the exhibition games, however, the Blue Devils opened the season with Tyler Thornton at the point.
But after losing his starting spot and playing less minutes than Thornton in the opener against Georgia State, Quinn Cook has been pulling himself up the depth chart.
Against Kentucky, Thornton got the start over Cook, but Cook ended up playing more minutes overall. Then against Florida Gulf Coast, Cook was once again in the starting five and was on the court longer than Thornton.
This early in the season, Quinn Cook has far from solidified his spot in the starting lineup. While he wowed fans with nine assists against Florida Gulf Coast, he stumbled to five turnovers in that game. For the season, which I’ll grant you is only three games old, Cook is averaging 4.7 assists and three turnovers. Thornton isn’t faring much better with three assists per game to 2.7 turnovers (via ESPN).
To win in the Bahamas, Duke will need one of these two players to step up and solidify their spot as a point guard who can control the offense and control the ball. Turnovers were one of the things that killed Duke against Lehigh, and if they don’t rectify this point guard situation, it may well cause its downfall in this tournament as well.