Behold! The Future.

It’s not everyday that you get the chance to see two of the top 40 high school basketball teams in the country face off at Cameron Indoor on national TV. It’s an even rarer occurrence when two future Duke stars are leading those two squads. Fortunately for us, we managed to catch the action Friday night as Quinn Cook and the perennial prep juggernaut, Oak Hill Academy, faced off against Marshall Plumlee and a local North Carolina powerhouse, Christ School. Check out our court side highlights below:

As you probably know by now, Quinn Cook is the god brother of one Nolan Smith (you might have heard of him). Quinn, like Nolan, is an extremely quick point guard from the class of 2011 who possesses excellent court vision. Cook could be viewed as a pass-first point guard who still isn’t afraid to take the ball to the bucket if need be. In fact, Quinn led all scorers today with 26 points, the majority of which were in transition. Quinn has already stated that he’d like to inherit the #2 jersey from his god bro, provided that it’s still available next year (hint, hint).

Marshall Plumlee, aka MP3, is the youngest of the 3 Warsaw, Indiana natives. He, like his brothers, will don the Duke blue next year in 2011-12. Thus, Duke University will have successfully harnessed the athletic talents of all three 6’10″+ high-flying big men prior to the end of the world. At least we’ll have graduated by then (hopefully). Unlike his older brothers, however, Marshall is more of a pure, back to the basket center with variety of low post moves at his disposal. We haven’t seen Marshall take as many outside shots as his brothers, and we’re pretty sure that he’s not going to be attempting a Mason Plumlee OMGWTF-Three-Pointer anytime soon. Additionally, Marshall has definitely put on some muscle since the last time we saw him play over the summer. Speaking of which, here are some old highlights from the 2010 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions featuring 2011 commits Marshall Plumlee and Quinn Cook (when we last saw them), along with some footage of 2012 Duke commit Alex Murphy:

9 thoughts on “Behold! The Future.

  1. Quinn Cook looks awesome. Happy to see we will have somebody to play a true point if Irving leaves. Plumlee seems to be very overrated at this point. His game is as raw as they come and so is his frame. He is clearly very athletic but saw his game against Winter Park and he looked terrible. He could end up getting less minutes than Ryan Kelly did his freshman year because he won’t be physically ready for the level of competition. Marshall could be a big player for us down the line but he is going all off potential right now.

  2. MP3 will come around. He’s not the first player we’ve gotten that needed to put on weight. It usually seems like every “big man” that we get at duke plays minimal minutes thier freshman year until the off season where they all seem to bulk up! Remember when dunleavy did it going into his junior year? Singler did it sophmore year? Even Kelly doing it this year? Bulking up going into sophmore year is nothing new and MP3 will do it and be a true factor for us in years to come.

  3. The commentators during the game on ESPN mentioned that their was talk that MP3 will redshirt his freshman year. I think that’s a pretty good idea. It establishes him there probably long term, and a project, but it also affords him time to get stronger and to prepare himself mentally for his RS freshman season.

  4. I agree that he will bulk up, there is no question that he eventually will. But every guy you just cited had a developed game before they got there, the only issue was they were’t physically ready to compete. Plumlee is not at the level of any of those guys yet with skill set and then add that his body isn’t either and I think you are looking at a true 4 year player. It just seems like quite the long shot that he deserves being in the McDonald’s all american game.

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