Quinn Cook Goes Undrafted (Updated: Signs with Oklahoma Thunder)

Jon Scheyer

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Although multiple Duke players heard their names called Thursday night, Quinn Cook wasn’t one of them.

The captain of the 2014-15 national championship team and All-ACC selection wasn’t one of the players taken in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Considering where Cook was at this point last year, it’s a testament to the incredible amount of work he put in to improve as a player that he was even in the discussion of being a possible draft pick.

The 6’2”, 185-pound guard from Washington, D.C., was magnificent for Coach K this past season, leading Krzyzewski to say that Cook was one of the best leaders he’s ever had.

Cook sacrificed his role as the team’s starting point guard to make way for incoming freshman Tyus Jones, and the two flourished in a two-point guard system that made Duke very difficult to defend.

He also worked to become one of the best perimeter shooters in the country this past season, knocking down nearly 40% of his attempts from three-point range while averaging 15.3 points per game.

He also took much greater pride in his defense and conditioning, often accepting the challenge of guarding the opposing team’s best perimeter player while logging almost 36 minutes per game.

Known during the first three years of his college career as an overly emotional and inconsistent player, Cook developed into the poised, steady senior leader that was the perfect fit for the 2014-15 Duke basketball team.

Despite not being drafted, Cook will likely get a chance to earn his way onto a team through free agency and workouts in the NBA summer leagues.

He was impressive in scouting workouts and at the NBA Draft Combine earlier this year, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see Quinn work his way onto a roster next season.

Best of luck, Captain Cook!

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David Aldridge

David Aldridge

David has been a die hard fan of Duke Basketball since the 1990's, when Coach K and the Blue Devils slapped the floor and made their way into his heart. During his playing days, David perfected his role on his basketball team as being the guy who would hold everyone on the bench back after a teammate would make a clutch shot. He once played N.C. State legend David Thompson in a game of H-O-R-S-E. David won.

One Reply to “Quinn Cook Goes Undrafted (Updated: Signs with Oklahoma Thunder)”

  1. TeacherTom says:

    Quiinn will do well in whatever life offers him. He has what it takes to succeed. His determination should serve as a model for us all. I am grateful to have observed his growth over his four years at Duke. Thank you, Mr. Cook!

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