Quinn Cook’s recent issues with his knee are not related to the trouble he had this summer, when Duke doctors shut the freshman point guard for the better part of three months.
Instead, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Cook’s suffering from a knee bruise that he sustained in practice last week.
The freshman point guard only played one minute in the Blue Devils’ 76-73 loss to Florida State on Saturday.
“He had a tough week – his knee, and he was sick during the week,” Krzyzewski said Monday during his teleconference. “Young guys, especially, they can get knocked back real quick because they’re not accustomed to the grind of game after game, week after week.
“He was not able to practice at the level he had been practicing at. Hopefully he’ll be healthier this week and be more of a factor for this week.”
After a strong month of December, Cook was inserted into Duke’s starting lineup at the beginning of ACC play. Cook had a solid effort in the Blue Devils' conference opener at Georgia Tech, scoring 10 points while handing out five assists.
But his minutes and production have tailed off in recent games, partly because of the knee bruise.