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Quinn Cook is rooming with Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Tony Wroten at the USA U17 training camp in San Antonio.
With Gilchrist and Teague having already committed to Kentucky, and Wroten leaning there, Cook is already hearing it from his roommates.
“We have the best recruiting class coming in [in 2011],” Gilchrist and Teague tell Cook, the No. 4 point guard in the Class of 2011. “You can join us.”
Despite the pressure from his roomies, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Cook is keeping his college options open and says he’ll take five official visits.
His list includes Kentucky, Villanova, St. John’s, Rutgers, UConn, Wake Forest, North Carolina, UCLA, Arizona, Tennessee and Georgetown.
Cook said he planned to visit Arizona, UConn and Rutgers “in August.”
Cook’s connection to Rutgers comes through associate head coach David Cox. Cook plays for DC Assault and Cox used to coach there.
“Coach Cox being here is definitely a plus,” Cook said. “Coach [Mike] Rice seems like a real good and genuine guy. I definitely like the coaching staff.”
As for St. John’s, Cook said “Coach Steve Lavin reached out to me and told me he’s been interested.”
Villanova is another option because it has a tradition of producing a slew of elite guards.
“Definitely they stand out,” he said. “Coach Jay Wright does a lot of offense with guards. Looking at the NBA, you see a couple Villanova guards.”
Still, Cook is keeping his options open.
“I’m going to take all my five of my visits,” he said. “I want to go it done by the fall.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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