DURHAM, N.C. - Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Tuesday the signing of Quinn Cook, Michael Gbinije [Ben-ih-jhay], Marshall Plumlee and Austin Rivers to national letters of intent to play basketball for the Blue Devils beginning in the fall of 2011. Duke’s recruiting class is ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals.com.
“We are extremely excited about this recruiting class,” said Krzyzewski. “In addition to being outstanding talents on the court, all four members of the class are outstanding young men and terrific students. Quinn, Michael, Marshall and Austin are each students of the game with high basketball IQs and well-rounded skill sets. They each have a bright future in our program and we look forward to watching them develop on and off the court."
Cook averaged 20.0 points, 5.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game and made 102 three-point field goals while leading Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha to a 32-4 record as a junior. The 6-1 point guard led DeMatha to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship (arguably the toughest high school league in the nation last year) and the D.C. City Title. Cook, the 2010 Washington Post Metro Player of the Year, was also the starting point guard on USA Basketball's Under-17 team. He averaged 7.9 points and a tournament-best 7.4 assists per game while guiding Team USA to the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Germany. Cook, who is playing his final year of high school basketball at Oak Hill Academy [Va.], is ranked 20th overall by Scout.com, 28th by Rivals and 24th by ESPN.
Gbinije led Benedictine [Va.] to the state semifinals as a junior and earned Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro team and all-state honors. He averaged 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while guiding the Cadets to a 26-10 record. Gbinije, a 6-6 guard/forward, also averaged 17.5 ppg to rank sixth in scoring at the NBA Top 100 Camp. On the AAU circuit, he led Team Takeover to the inaugural Nike Elite Youth Basketball League championship and was named a first team All-AAU selection by Slam Magazine. The Chester, Va., native scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 70-62 win over the St. Louis Eagles in the Nike EYBL title game. He also had a 24-point, five-rebound and four-assist effort at the Nike Global Challenge to pace USA East to a 129-123 win over USA West. Gbinije is rated No. 17 in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com, 21st by Scout.com and 25th by ESPN.
Rivers, ranked No.1 in the class by ESPN and Rivals.com, led Winter Park to a 29-6 record and the Florida Class 6A Championship as a junior. The 6-4 shooting guard averaged 23.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in leading the Wildcats to their first state title a year ago. He scored 37 points in a win over fellow 2011 Duke commit Marshall Plumlee and the Christ School during the 2009-10 season. Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, enters his senior season with 1,967 career points at Winter Park. He is the favorite to win Florida's Mr. Basketball honors and is a National Player of the Year candidate.
Rivers is coming off a strong summer that included a gold medal at the FIBA U-18 World Championship and a team championship at the AAU Jr. Boys Super Showcase. He started all five games along with current Duke freshmen Kyrie Irving and Josh Hairston and led the U.S. in scoring (20.2 ppg.) and steals (2.0 spg.) at the FIBA World Championship. Rivers also ranked second in minutes played (23.0) and third in field goal percentage (.583). He set a tournament record by making nine consecutive 3-point shots and a Team USA record with 35 points in a 122-89 semifinal rout of Canada. Rivers then averaged 26.3 points per game in leading his Each 1 Team 1 travel team to an 8-0 championship sweep at the AAU Jr. Boys Super Showcase.
Plumlee, the younger brother of current Blue Devils Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee, averaged 8.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game while leading Christ School [N.C] to its third consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools state title as a junior. The 7-0 center has helped the Greenies to a 107-5 record over the past three years, including a 37-1 mark a year ago. Plumlee was selected to play in the Albert Schweitzer International Youth Basketball Tournament in Mannheim, Germany in April. He averaged 6.0 rebounds per game while helping the USA team to a fourth-place finish. Plumlee recorded a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with four blocks in a 91-81 win over previously unbeaten Spain in the tournament. Assuming both of his brothers stay at Duke for the 2011-12 season -- Mason is entering his sophomore year and Miles will be a junior -- it will mark the first time in ACC history that three siblings will be on the same team's roster. The youngest Plumlee brother is rated 40th in his class by Scout.com and 44th by ESPN.
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