It is clear that Quinn Cook has cemented himself as one of the premier point guards in the 2011 class. The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic floor general has excelled during the school year and over the summer. He recently led his team to another league championship, and also found the time to see one of the better games in the ACC this year.
Every year it seems that DeMatha Catholic is one of the premier basketball programs in the nation, and this season has been no different. DeMatha recently won the WCAC title, and Cook was a big part of it.
"It was a good experience winning back-to-back championships, and beating a good team in Gonzaga that had beaten us once this year," said Cook. "It was a great feeling to get that win and to move to 29-3 and be ranked number one in the area."
So far this year Cook is averaging 20 points and seven assists per game, and has made a conscious effort to improve his defense and leadership. Those improvements have led to a few new schools entering the mix in his recruitment.
"It is the same, but Kansas is in the mix now and Arizona is in the mix," explained Cook of his recruitment. "Everything else is still the same. I don't have any favorites or anything. I am just taking everything one day at a time."
The offers from the Jayhawks and the Wildcats join existing grants from Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas State, Maryland, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
Recently Cook made an unofficial visit to College Park to check out the Terrapins game against the Duke Blue Devils.
"It was crazy because I visited with Pe'Shon Howard," explained Cook. "All the Maryland fans were calling Pe'Shon's name and they were chanting my name. My god-brother, Nolan Smith, goes to Duke so a part of me wanted to root for him, but I had Maryland fans behind me it was just crazy. I rushed the floor with the team because if you didn't rush the floor you were getting trampled on. That is how crazy it was. It was a great, great game."
Along with Maryland, Cook has also made it to Georgetown for a pair of games. While neither contest was the marquee matchup of the matchup in College Park, they were both good experiences for Cook.
"I didn't go to a very big game," Cook commented. "I went to their games when they played Rutgers and South Florida. The atmospheres were okay, and the crowds were good. I couldn't make the big games because of my schedule, but in my times in the past at the big games it has been crazy there."
While Cook only had a chance to visit those two places during the season because of his busy schedule, he does play to make several unofficial trips to schools further from home once he completes his season.
Currently Cook is not even close to coming to a college choice, but he does know what is most important to him when looking at a school.
"I think the most important thing for me is the connection with the coach," said Cook. "As a point guard you have to be a coach on the floor, so you and that coach have to have that genuine connection. For me it is about a connection with the coach and being able to make an impact as soon as I get on campus."
Currently Cook is seen as the No. five point guard in the country and the No. 20 player overall.