Quinn Cook Tears Knee Ligaments, Out at Least 3 Months
According to a report on The Washington Post's website, the 6-foot-1 Cook, who was the paper's metropolitan player of the year last season for DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), tore the ligaments late in Sunday's Boost Mobile Elite 24 all-star game at Venice Beach, Calif. Cook transferred to Virginia's Oak Hill Academy in the offseason and was expected to report for the start of the semester this week. He underwent an MRI on the knee Monday, the Post reported, and will be operated on Friday.
Cook is rated by virtually every scouting service as one of the top five point guards coming out of high school in 2011. Duke is considered the front-runner of a group that reportedly includes Arizona, UCLA, Georgetown, North Carolina, St. John's and Rutgers. He was quoted on several recruiting websites this summer as saying that he plans to attend the festivities for the start of Duke's preseason practice in October.
Cook is close friends with Duke senior point guard Nolan Smith and played on the same AAU team as incoming Duke freshman point guard Tyler Thornton; that AAU team, D.C. Assault, is coached by Smith's stepfather, Curtis Malone.
At the FIBA Under-17 World Championships at Hamburg, Germany in July, Cook averaged 7.5 points and a tournament-high 7.4 assists as the United States went 8-0 and won the title. Last season, he averaged 20 points and 5.9 assists to lead DeMatha to the league and city championship.
"I'm frustrated but I have to keep a positive attitude because God won't put you through something he doesn't think you will not overcome," Cook told the Post. "I've been through worse." Cook's father died suddenly during his son's sophomore year in high school.