Though he’s listed as just 6-foot and 1/4 inch, Quinn Cook said the versatility he displayed while playing both guard positions at Duke can only help him in the NBA.
Cook, who was one of six players to participate in a predraft workout for the Lakers on Monday at the team’s practice facility, also said winning the NCAA National Championship with the Blue Devils could help him at the next level because he is coming from a winning program.
He said he considers himself “just a guard” after having played point guard and shooting guard over his four years at Duke.
“Coach can trust me at the two. I learned to guard bigger guys, just shooters coming off the screen and rolls and off the picks and down screens,” Cook said. “So I think it will help at the next level. It wouldn’t be new to me if I had to go off the ball. So I think it’s to my advantage.”
This group of six who worked out for the Lakers are not expected to be taken with Los Angeles’ No. 2 overall pick in the June 25 NBA draft.
But they could be selected with the Lakers’ 27th pick later in the first round, with the 34th pick in the second round or become a free-agent pickup.
Jahlil Okafor, who worked out for the Lakers last week, may be taken by the Lakers at No. 2.
Cook and Okafor were teammates at Duke.
“If I had the No. 1 pick, I would take Jahlil,” Cook said. “He knows a lot about the Lakers. He was my roommate off the court so he was forced to watch Laker games with me in the hotel.”
Just from that comment it should be easy to tell that Cook admires the Lakers. He listed Kobe Bryant as his favorite player.
“I’m the biggest Lakers fan you could ever think of,” Cook said, smiling. “For me to be here with this Laker shirt on, I’ve been sending pictures to my mom and my whole family. I’m in heaven right now.”
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