DURHAM, N.C. -- What Dukes basketball team lacked most a year ago, Quinn Cook is capable of delivering this season.
The Blue Devils could have used a mid-sized slasher, but even more they needed a reliable playmaker at point guard. As a freshman, Cook factored into the Blue Devils rotation at the point for most of the season, but his development was constantly stagnated by a right knee that was never pain free.
But after an offseason of healing and strengthening -- coupled with a soaring confidence after being handed the starting job by coach Mike Krzyzewski -- Cook is primed for a breakout campaign.
Junior Tyler Thornton, who has started 22 games in his career, is more of a serviceable backup, but hes just not near the level of point guards that have preceded him. Senior Seth Curry has struggled mightily in stints as a playmaker each of the last two seasons and has settled into his wing shooters role.
So that leaves Cook, a highly-regarded high school prospect known as a strong...