Quinn Cook injures knee, will miss at least three months

By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 1, 2010; 1:21 AM

Quinn Cook, the All-Met Boys' Basketball Player of the Year this past season as a junior point guard at DeMatha High, partially tore ligaments in his right knee during an all-star game in Southern California this past weekend and will be unable to play for at least three months.

Cook, who has enrolled at Oak Hill Academy in southwestern Virginia for his senior year of high school, said early Wednesday that he will have surgery on Friday. He was injured when he landed awkwardly in the closing seconds of the Elite 24 game in Venice Beach on Sunday.

"I'm frustrated but I have to keep a positive attitude because God won't put you through something he doesn't think you will not overcome," Cook said. "I've been through worse."

He said the recovery period is expected to take three to four months.

Cook has yet to make his college decision, but it is believed he is strongly considering playing for Duke. Arizona, UCLA and Rutgers are among the other schools Cook is considering.

The injury is not expected to affect his decision-making process. He plans to sign a national letter-of-intent in November.

Cook has had a busy summer. In July, he played a key role as the United States won the FIBA Under-17 World Basketball Championship. He then returned home and played tournaments with his travel team, D.C. Assault. He averaged 20 points, 5.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds this past high school season, leading DeMatha to a 32-4 record and The Post's No. 1 ranking.

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