Duke’s Quinn Cook is an outstanding player who deserves more props than he is currently receiving.
As a freshman, Cook was an irregularly used as a backup who was never at full capacity because of injuries.
The most notable of his first-year stats was his assist-to-turnover ratio, which was an outrageous 3.5 (63 assists with only 18 turnovers).
Last year as a sophomore, the 6’1” PG from D.C. locked down the starting job, averaging a more-than-solid 11.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
In most cases, those are the kinds of numbers that help you stand out and get recognized. However, Cook was no better than the No. 4 (maybe No. 5) option in last year’s Blue Devils attack. When you play with the likes of seniors Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly, what do you expect?
Duke’s 2013-14 roster has plenty of star power. All-everything freshman Jabari Parker arrives and Mississippi State-transfer Rodney Hood will now be eligible. Rasheed Sulaimon and Andre Dawkins return to Coach K’s backcourt.
Cook is a vital part to the Blue Devils' success in the upcoming season, but the question lingers: To what degree will he continue to labor in relative obscurity?