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!
Duke championship guard Quinn Cook has committed to summer league with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league source tells RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 26, 2015