Quinn Cook and Tyler Thornton have been quite the pair for Duke this season. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
Tyler Thornton is Duke’s unsung hero.
I wrote about this after the Temple game when head coach Mike Krzyzewski mentioned that Thornton plays the role of Seth Curry in practice. Curry can’t practice much due to his lingering right shin injury but he hasn’t had any problems getting into a rhythm with his teammates on the floor.
Curry isn’t the only benefactor from Thornton’s team-first mentality. Thornton has also helped developed Quinn Cook, a friend of his since middle school, even though Cook’s rise meant less playing time for Thronton. I wrote about the dynamic of that relationship for today’s paper.
“Any time he can help Quinn, that's what he tries to do,” associate head coach Chris Collins said of Thronton. “They work out together, they get extra shots up, they watch film, all the things that a good leader does, that is what Tyler has done for Quinn.
“Tyler has an amazing security with who he is as a player. He's one of those rare guys where it really doesn't matter if he starts or comes off the bench. He knows what his role is. He knows he is good at it. He's confident in who he is.”