The emergence of Quinn Cook last night in Duke’s rout of Western Michigan could potentially open the door not only for Quinn but for Duke as a whole going forward this season. The offense got a much needed shot in the arm while Quinn was at the point. In his 23 minutes he scored 16 points, dished out 8 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds, hit 7-8 free throws, all while having no turnovers. These numbers are not reminiscent of a freshmen who to this point has seen limited action but that of a seasoned veteran.
His play not only elevated his stature it transposed the teams stature as well, allowing Seth Curry to rediscover his game scoring a game high 22 points and allowing Austin Rivers to, well, do what Austin does best. It open the door for others such as Josh Hairston, Michael Gbinije to contribute 13 and 6 points respectively.Even Miles Plumlee seemed to flourish with new found confidence in this new lineup pulling down 15 rebounds and scoring 7 points.
The question now is does Coach K place the ball in Quinn’s hand as he did with Bobby Hurley when he was a freshman. There were growing pains then and certainly there would be now should he turn the point guard position over to Quinn, and while not comparing Quinn to Hurley, we all know how that turned out. Can anyone say 91-92.
Either way Quinn proved last night he can play on this level. He’s earned a chance, a chance to show us what he can bring to the team. Going forward!