“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”
So I was wondering, how does Quinn Cook compare to Paulus coming in freshmen year. Sorry if it's a stupid question but I haven't seen Cook play besides for in highlights. Seems to me they have about the same level of physical gifts and both are gifted passers that can shoot the 3.
Had Coach K followed your apparent approach (of holding out for a higher ranked player the next year), we would have passed on Irving for a chance to sign Teague. How would that have worked out for us?
Not every player we recruit should be one-and-done type talent. I think Quinn is the perfect type of player we should covet at Duke. Someone with game to someday play in the NBA just not after one year. It takes all types of players to win a championship and IMO the best type of players are like Quinn.
Two obvious examples would be last years' team and UNC's 09 team. Both of them were a good mixture of talent and experience with players who had NBA talent yet didn't leave school too early before they could develop into championship level players together.
Quinn's game will probably evolve like Nolan's (I know they play diff positions) With one or two years of mediorcre play, not great but eventually evolving into an All-ACC type of player.
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If it's true that he's not all that quick, athletic and explosive (and I don't know that it is) then ol'roy goes after him and hypothetically gets him as he looks to recruit over Marshall who he recruited over LD2 he'll immediately start looking to recruit over Quinn. Some kind of terrific guy that ol'roy. In roy they trust? I hope they're smarter than that.
Nolan struggled mightily during his first two seasons... he was not exactly the athlete that G was, but he was the most athletic guy on last year's team, so that could be why we see him as lightning quick right now. I don't remember thinking he was insanely quick or dominant as an athlete in his first two years, so Quinn may not be as far off as some may think to the Nolan comparison. I think Nolan is a good college athlete who has grown into "great" as a player, and gotten in top shape as an athlete. He is essentially just a good college athlete with these new alterations to make him the great player that he is now (and mental side of his development has a huge amount to do with all of these new dimensions to Nolan).
being the most athletic player on last years team was earned by having out two most athletic players leave the program, Henderson via the draft after his jr. year and Elliott Williams via the transfer route to Memphis. You would think losing these two "freakish" athletes would have hurt our chances, instead it made our guards realize they had to play smart and use their talents to the max, i think they did. Being athletic is nice being a player even better.