Quinn Cook opted to spend the latter part of the summer with his Duke teammates. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
Earlier this month, Quinn Cook was invited to try out for the USA Basketball Men's World University Games team.
He has declined the invitation in order to spend more time on campus with his Duke teammates. Duke sports information director Matt Plizga confirmed Cook's decision.
Cook has been away from campus since the end of the spring semester (end of April) and will return prior to the start of Summer Session II on July 1. Had he accepted the invitation to training camp for the World University Games team, he would have been gone June 24-30 for training camp and then July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia, if he made the team. Rodney Hood, who sat out last year after transferring from Mississippi State, will still attend camp, along with 26 other collegiate players.
For Hood, it will be an opportunity to play competitive basketball outside of practice for the first time in over a year. As for Cook, he will now be on campus when incoming freshmen Matt Jones, Semi Ojeleye and Jabari Parker arrive for Summer Session II and the ensuing workouts.
Duke will need a leader or two to step up next season—Cook's decision to stay on campus could lay the groundwork for him taking up that mantle.