Fresh off leading the USA 17-U squad to a gold medal in the FIBA World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, five-star prospect Quinn Cook will have a couple ACC powers tracking him in Las Vegas as he leads the DC Assault in the Adidas Super 64.
Duke and North Carolina are the only schools on Cook's school list who haven't offered, but they will continue to keep a close eye on the 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard.
"Duke hasn't offered yet, but they are on me pretty hard," said Cook, who will attend Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy this year. "Coach K has called me a couple times recently, and Coach (Nate) James has been to all my games and even came to Germany to watch me. They are supposed to be at all my games in Las Vegas, too.
"North Carolina is saying that they want to keep developing a relationship with me. They said they would be at all my games the rest of the summer."
Along with Duke and North Carolina, Cook listed Villanova, Arizona, UCLA, Connecticut, Georgetown, West Virginia, Wake Forest and St. John's as his schools of interest. All of those schools have offered Cook.
Somewhat surprisingly for an East Coast prospect, Cook noted that Arizona and UCLA are the two schools recruiting him the hardest. Based on Cook's criteria for picking a school, these two Pac-10 schools have a legitimate shot at landing him.
"Location isn't a factor for me," Cook said. "I'm going to go wherever the best fit is for me. I want to establish a great relationship with the coach. As a point guard, I'm the coach on the court, so it is very important that I have a strong relationship with the head coach. Playing time is also important to me."
As soon as the July evaluation period is over, Cook plans to trim his list to five schools.
"I want to sign in the fall, but I also want to get all five of my visits in," he said. "If I need to wait till the spring, I will. But I would like to get it over with this fall."
Cook is the No. 5 ranked point guard and No. 23 ranked prospect overall in the Rivals150.