Quinn Cook, the outstanding guard from Duke University, who also is a national champion, has risen to the stage of greatness at an incredible rate. Cook is currently the member of the NBA Development League Canton Charge, which is NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers affiliate.
Cook was part of the training camp roster with the Cavaliers and battling for the last roster spot. He made an impression on the fans and the coaching staff, but ultimately did not make the team. Instead, Jared Cunningham made the team. However, Cunningham was traded to the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline and then was cut by the Magic and then signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.
In an interview with Cavs 365 back in December, Quinn Cook told us he was not discouraged at all by not making the Cavaliers roster.
“I didn’t make the team so that gave me a lot of motivation to come down (to Canton) and prove to a lot of people that I can play in the NBA.” Cook said.
Also in the interview, Cook said the time with the Cavaliers was a great learning experience. Cook also mentioned that he enjoyed going to the gym everyday and seeing the players he has idolized growing up and he has appreciated the fact that members of the team checked up on him to make sure he was doing well throughout camp.
Fast forward to this past season. Cook took the D-League and the Canton Charge by storm. Under Cook, the Charge clinched the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Cook also took home the NBA D-League Rookie of the Year award.
During the regular season, Cook averaged 19.6 points (46% from the field, 38% from three), 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. He shot 86.3% from the free throw line as well. He stepped in the postseason. In the postseason, he averaged 23.5 points (51.4% from the field, 34.6% from three), 7.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. He also shot 90% from the free throw line.
The Charge were eliminated by the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the Eastern Conference Finals.
NBA D-League Rankings:
Season highs/career highs:
Points: 31 vs Main on April 7, 2016
Rebounds: 10 vs Main on April 7, 2016
Assists: 10 vs Sioux Falls on April 12, 2016
vs Maine on April 5, 2016
Steals: 3 vs Sioux Falls on April 12, 2016
According to NBA D-League’s website, Quinn Cook is the No.9 rated prospect to watch.