Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/16/13
The starting point guard for the Duke Blue Devils will be Quinn Cook.  Cook is a junior this year and made huge leaps forward last year, his first full year as the starting point guard.  He will be the only upperclassmen in the starting lineup, and will be counted on to be a leader of this team.   Cook is a point guard that has an abundance of talent and who runs a team effectively.  Last year he learned how to organize the team and help them in any way he could. He had to understand night in and night out what this team needed from him and he got pretty good at it too.  Looking at his stats from a season ago he had games where he had over 20 points a game and other games he had over 10 assists per game.  This shows you the impact of Cook and that he did what his team needed of him.   Everything he did last year, and everything he learned, will help him be the leader that the Blue Devils need.  They need someone to step up and be the leader this year.  They lost three seniors, two of whom were on the championship team in 2010.  Replacing their leadership could be the biggest challenge.  This will start with Cook because he is the point guard and an upperclassman.  He will be the voice that this team hears the most other than coach Krzyzewski.  He will be the most important player for this team early in this season as the team learns to play together.   Quinn Cook(Photo Credit:Rob Carr/Getty Images Cook has a great game, but still needs to improve it for this year and to succeed at the next level.  Early on in this season he will have to be more aggressive for this team to be successful, whether it is creating shots for his teammates or getting his own shot.  He will also need to be there for his teammates during the hard times of the season, during loses and late in games.  He has the most experience with the ball in his hand when they need a basket and will look to him to make the right call at the end of the game.   Cook also needs to learn how to split defenders and start going to the basketball instead of going sideline to sideline.  This is something that will help his game and every one of his teammates, because it will free them up for open shots.  This might improve if he improves his own shot.   The last thing Cook needs to improve on is his consistency, whether it is his shooting percentage or his assists per game.  Some games he shot around fifty percent, and others he was under forty percent.  That is something he needs to improve on.  The other area is his assists.  Those are going to be more important to him because he will be the guy to make this team go and get their offense started.   The impact of Cook will be second to none.  He will be the guy to get the team going and he will be the guy who they will rely on this season.  He will be the leader of this team and he will have to be the coach on the floor and help the younger players to understand the situations at hand.  His role will be the most important to the success of Duke this year on the court.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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