As October gets ready to give way to November, Oak Hill point guard Quinn Cook is still weighing his options.
The top floor general on the board from the Class of 2011, Cook said Tuesday he’s considering Duke, UCLA and Villanova, but had recently heard again from North Carolina coach Roy Williams.
“Coach Roy Williams called me yesterday [Monday],” Cook said by phone. “He just said that he’s going to try and get up here . He wants me to come on a visit. He still hasn’t offered because he’s not sure with Kendall [Marshall] and Larry [Drew].” Marshall is a freshman and Drew a junior. To read more of this story, click here
When Duke hosts its “Countdown to Craziness” Friday night and unveils the 2010 national championship banner, an impressive group of recruits will be on hand.
Austin Rivers, Duke’s newest 2011 commit, is expected to be on campus, along with Oak Hill point guard Quinn Cook and 2012 prospects Tony Parker of Lithonia, Ga., Amile Jefferson of Philadelphia and Rasheed Sulaimon of Houston.
Quincy Miller, a 6-9 senior forward from Westchester (N.C.) Country Day, will not be there as originally scheduled after the two sides parted ways. To read more of this story, click here
Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello are back from their weekend trip to Baylor and have more visits planned.
The 6-foot-9 1/2, 190-pound Miller, the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2011, now has a top four schools.
“I narrowed it down to four — Baylor, Duke, Louisville and Oklahoma,” Miller said Wednesday by phone.
Asked if he had any favorites, Miller replied: “Baylor and Louisville are slightly in the lead and Duke is right behind and then Oklahoma.” To read more of this story, click here
Quinn Cook is back from his official to UCLA and plans to visit Duke and Villanova this month, while also taking home visits this week from Villanova and Kansas.
“It was cool,” the Oak Hill point guard said of UCLA. “I had a lot of fun.”
Cook shared the visit with Memphis wing Adonis Thomas, whom we profiled here.
“When we’re together, we don’t really talk about basketball,” Cook said. “The whole world saw us play together on the USA [U17] team [that won gold in Hamburg, Germany].” To read more of this story, click here
SOUTH KENT, Conn. — On a roster stocked with four Big East-bound seniors, the most talented prospect is an uncommitted junior.
Ricardo Ledo is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound shooting guard at South Kent (Conn.) ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2011 by Rivals. He originally hails from Providence, R.I
Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua was the latest high-major coach to stop by the remote school for a workout Thursday afternoon.
Coaches from Duke, UCLA, Kansas, West Virginia, Syracuse, Pitt and Louisville have also been in.
‘[His recruitment] is at the highest level,” Todd Quarles, Ledo’s AAU coach with Expressions Elite, said by phone. To read more of this story, click here
The seemingly inevitable has become reality.
Austin Rivers, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2011 out of Winter Park (Fla.) High, verbally committed to Duke, choosing the Blue Devils over North Carolina and Kansas.
Duke assistant Chris Collins and Kansas assistant Danny Manning attended Rivers’ workout Wednesday and he made the decision afterward.
“I made the decision late last night,” the 6-foot-5, 197-pound Rivers said by phone. “I just thought about it and this is where I see myself playing. Duke here I come. I’m ready to go and play for the Blue Devils.” To read more of this story, click here
As his recruitment heats up, Quinn Cook is focusing on four major schools and has three official visits set.
The Oak Hill (Va.) point guard ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2011 at his position will visit UCLA this coming weekend, Duke Oct. 15 and Villanova Oct. 22. He would also like to visit Kansas but no date has been set.
Asked if he could envision going to any school aside from those four, he said Tuesday, “Not yet.”
As for UCLA, Cook will trip there this weekend along with Memphis wing Adonis Thomas.
“I like them,” he said of UCLA. “Coach [Ben] Howland knows how to put point guards in the NBA and you’re in L.A. You can’t go wrong with UCLA tradition. That’s one of my options as well.” To read more of this story, click here
Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith has coached a few pretty good point guards in his day.
Rajon Rondo, Ty Lawson, Marcus Williams and Brandon Jennings have all come through the Virginia powerhouse in the last decade or so.
The latest stud point guard at Oak Hill is Quinn Cook, who transferred from DeMatha (Md.) Catholic for his senior year but is now rehabbing from torn meniscus cartilage in his knee.
“He’s comparable [to the other Oak Hill guards],” Smith said Friday in a phone interview. “I saw him play this summer and spring. He hasn’t played at all this off-season. I’ve never coached him. From what I saw of him earlier at DeMatha his freshman and sophomore years, he’s a very, very good player. He has a great IQ. I like the way he runs the team. He has a great feel for the game. He’s got all the tools.” To read more of this story, click here
Austin Rivers said he won’t pick a college until after taking officials to North Carolina, Duke and Kansas, but at this point Duke is in a good position.
“It’s the school I have the best relationship with,” he said Wednesday by phone. “It’s the school I know the most. I’ve talked to them the most and they’ve developed the best relationship with me.”
The 6-foot-3 Rivers, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2011, had an in-home visit Tuesday with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Chris Collins that last two and a half hours.
“It was good,” he said. “I had a great time talking basketball with Coach K and Coach Collins. To read more of this story, click here
Quinn Cook was in the car on the way back to Oak Hill Academy from Duke when I caught up with him early Saturday evening.
The 6-foot-1 senior point guard enjoyed his brief visit for No. 1 Alabama’s 62-13 drubbing of the Duke football team and could envision teaming up with Austin Rivers in a potential future Duke backcourt.
“We definitely can play together,” said Cook, the No. 7 point guard in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals. “Austin is one of my close friends. We were on the same team at [Boost Mobile] Elite 24. We play well together. We communicate very well. He’ll tell me what he sees and I tell him what I see. He’s a very great player. I like being on the court with Austin.”
Rivers, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2011, visits Duke Oct. 15 and is also considering North Carolina and Kansas. To read more of this story, click here