#2 Quinn Cook
ith most people putting the emphasis on youth I am going to say Duke’s best chance of making it far next year rides on the back of Quinn Cook. The senior guard has all the tools to be the top assist man in the league and a top 10 to top 15 scorer as well. People will question him with a shiny new freshman guard on campus but there really isn’t much replacement for a guy that has been there before. Case in point in the debacle against Mercer who was the best player on the floor for Duke? It wasn’t freshman Jabari Parker, it was junior guard (at the time) Quinn Cook. Cook scored 23 points in the loss. He went 7 of 10 from 3 point range and had 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Quinn wasn’t the most consistent of the Duke players last year but coming into next year Duke will most likely run more of a DUKE style offense which I think plays to Quinn’s strengths. Duke should be the strongest it has been in a long time in the back-court. Quinn has shown the ability to get to the rim and take his man off the dribble, having a strong interior presence to dish to should make Quinn doubly dangerous at the point, and his strength as a shooter will serve him well as he plays some alongside freshman Tyus Jones.
I look for Quinn to once again average in double figures in scoring and probably average 5 to 6 assists a night splitting time with Tyus Jones and occasionally playing together. Having that kind of depth at the point will allow Quinn to be much more aggressive on defense and not only pressure the ball but shoot the gaps to create steals which he averaged just a shade under 2 a game.