Duke Recruit Quinn Cook Has Huge Shoes to Fill

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With Nolan Smith graduating and Kyrie Irving likely the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Duke has a huge hole fill at the point next season.  Enter McDonald’s All-American Quinn Cook who is one of the top point guard recruits in the country.

(This is a Paul M. Banks/David Kay collaboration)

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Mich St., Duke, KU and UK to Tip Off Next Season By Playing Each Other

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What’s most interesting about the sport of college basketball is how much it’s Q Rating as a sport increases during this season. No other sport has such a wide level of disinterest in the beginning (and again that really bothers me. I’m not advocating this apathy- just pointing it out) but then creates such a tremendous buzz at the end. Everyone loves March Madness, but not everyone cares in November, although they should.

There have been more key non-conference games in November and December lately, but now it’s going to be ramped up a notch, and right from the very the start.

Four of the game’s marquee programs: Michigan State Spartans (overlook last night’s bad loss at Syracuse, they’ll be alright come March), the Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks have all agreed to get together and get the season started right and tight.

By Paul M. Banks

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Duke Blue Devils Unveil #2 Ranked Recruiting Class

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Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski who’s not just a basketball coach but a leader who happens to coach college basketball announced Tuesday the signing of Quinn Cook, Michael Gbinije [Ben-ih-jhay], Marshall Plumlee and Austin Rivers to national letters of intent. Duke’s recruiting class is ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals.com.The team itself is currently ranked #1 in both polls

“We are extremely excited about this recruiting class,” said Krzyzewski. “In addition to being outstanding talents on the court, all four members of the class are outstanding young men and terrific students. Quinn, Michael, Marshall and Austin are each students of the game with high basketball IQs and well-rounded skill sets. They each have a bright future in our program and we look forward to watching them develop on and off the court.”

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99 in 99: #1 Duke Blue Devils

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The defending champs are more stacked than J-Woww’s chest.  That is saying something considering they lose three starters from last year’s team.  But the Duke Blue Devils have experience, size, athletes, shooters, and one of the best coaches in the game in Mike Krzyzewski.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” has been ranking the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors for the last three-plus months and has reached the top spot.  Click here if you missed any of our in-depth previews.

By: David Kay
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