Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cook and Lowe Share The Dematha Heritage

Ever since Sidney Lowe arrived in Raleigh, people have wondered when his connection with Dematha Catholic High School would come in handy. Lowe played his high school ball at the prestigious Dematha Catholic High School under the legendary head coach Morgan Wooten. Coach Wooten helped turn Dematha into not only one of the best basketball programs in the D.C. area, but also one of the most recognizable names on the nationwide scale as well.

In Coach Lowe's three years he hasn't heavily recruited any players out of Dematha. Many expected him to develop a recruiting pipeline out of there, similar to what he has seemingly done down in the state of Georgia. It was only a matter of time before a player wearing the Dematha jersey became a high priority for the NC State coaching staff, and that time is now.

Quinn Cook is budding star in the 2011 class. Cook is a 6'1" point guard that steps on the scales at 180lbs. This consensus 4-Star player is already a mature leader on the court at a young age. Cook is already seeing a steady flow of traffic when it comes to his recruitment, with one of those schools being NC State.

"I'd say right now NC State is showing me mid-level interest right now," Cook said. "I talk with Coach Strickland from time to time and I'm hoping to talk with Coach Lowe soon. He has come up here a couple of times, but I wasn't around when he came."

Cook is looking for a school that has a great tradition and a great academic program. "I want to go somewhere where I will get along with the coaches and be able to make an impact as a freshmen," Cook said. "But I'm not in a rush to commit to a school. With that being said, I would like to make my decision before my Senior year."

Quinn describes himself as a pass-first point guard that loves to get his teammates involved. While he models his game after Chris Paul, he might have been impacted more by growing up watching Kobe Bryant.

"More than anything I love to win and hate losing. I grew up watching Kobe Bryant and he has inspired me to be the player that I am," Cook said. "He is tremendously competitive and has an incredible work ethic."

While Cook says that every school is coming at him at the same level right now, Ohio State is coming at him the hardest. In fact, according to Rivals, they are the only school that have offered him a scholarship at this point. With that being said, Cook is planning on taking a couple of unofficial visits in the near future with Ohio State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and UNC being first in line.


24 Responses to "Cook and Lowe Share The Dematha Heritage"
  1. Jose said...
    August 20, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    DeMatha Catholic is highly recognized everywhere for it's basketball and it is worth noting that they go above and beyond in nurturing great all around individuals. What arrives on campus with a DeMatha grad is a confident student athlete with the right attitude towards team success.

    Yeah, you could say I have been eagerly a waiting a DeMatha product to come aboard this program (it is a picture of Wooten I use as the screen image) and so fart the closest we've seen to that was PG Chris Wright who played at another prestigious DC-Balt. prep school- DeMatha's arch rival in fact.

    An amazing feat that Lowe accomplished while playing for Coach Wooten occurred when they toppled perennial national power house Dunbar in a game that went to triple OT. Lowe was the man at the helm and played every second of the match up.

    When you see our Coaches dressed up in their spiffy dud's on game days it's easy to remember the PG days of Lowe and Towe and it's some times easy to forget Coach Strickland. He is another product of Wooten's DeMatha juggernaut and someone who showed that he has the game of basketball in his blood just like his former Coach. If we do in fact start seeing players from this program show up in Raleigh it will be greatly because of his enthusiasm in sparking recruits interest. Obviously he have then Coach Lowe as a closer and he should be able to carry some serious clout walking back into that school.

  2. Anonymous said...
    August 20, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Parker committed to Maryland...I know we didn't offer him just wanted to put it out there

  3. Anonymous said...
    August 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Parker to Maryland? Getting out of our slump against the Terps just got a little tougher. Can't say I'm not a little down. I really wanted Parker. I hope Josh Davis works out.


  4. Anonymous said...
    August 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    havent heard this name yet....good scoop WPH!

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    August 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    In reference to Parker's commitment, you have to trust the coaching staff. They never offered Parker and they had their reasons. They believe in the players they have, and they are also looking at players on down the line at each position beyond '10. Not saying Parker's not a good talent, but you've got to trust their judgment.

  6. wolfpack4eva said...
    August 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Parker was WAYYYY too inconsistent. Anybody wanna see Fells 2.0? Great talent, great athletic abilities... very inconsistent and disappears in games. I'm not real sure we need that and apparently neither did our coaches. I would also rather not pick up Cothron. A blown out knee, he's not very athletic, not a great defender (good but not great), not a defensive presence in the blocks and he wants to play too far away from the basket. I'd rather have a shotblocker out there. We'll have plenty of people who can score on the floor. We need a defensive presence in the paint.

  7. Jose said...
    August 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Getting Cothron IMO would be a coup. His upside potential is outstanding. When UCONN goes hot n' heavy after a big then it's usually because the word stud is worth mentioning.

    Lowe was onto Luke early an will continue to push hard I beleive. Lowe was onto Leslie early and will continue to push hard. You don't get program changing players by giving up on them as soon as adversity pop's up.

  8. Pack Leader said...
    August 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Johnny Thomas/Scott Wood/Josh Davis

    the future of SF is solid

    Im like you guys I was high on parker but we need a big more than we need a 4th SF. Parker still hasnt developed into the star he has the potential, that will take several years.

  9. Pack Leader said...
    August 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Question.. Who do we get if Cothron & Leslie choose other options? Is there a 3rd option we haven't talked about here?? or are we stuck int he mud if those players dont decide to run with the pack?? Bo Ingram? I just havnt heard anything else from the '10 class in regard to State... Do we save the 'ship and look to fill it in '11??

    Whats yalls thoughts???

  10. Anonymous said...
    August 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    I've heard some not so great things about Johnny, I hope there's no truth to them. I don't think we are "solid" at SF either. It's pretty obvious Josh is a project player. I know he loves State and I don't really mind the offer. But the only SF we have right now with no question marks is Scott Wood. I'm not questioning Sid, just offering thoughts. Parker was attracting a lot of attention and wasn't going to stay on the board long, and I know we weren't in position to offer him with only one scholly available. That doesn't mean we couldn't have REALLY used him.


  11. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    August 20, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    I know for a fact that the staff is still interested in Tobias Harris. They were watching him closely in July

  12. Jeff said...
    August 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Agree w/ Anon - not so sure "the future is solid" there. At all. One for three as far as I'm concerned, and that 1 still needs to prove himself.

  13. Eric said...
    August 20, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    How would you say Cook's shot is? Could he play both the 1 and 2 at the next level? Because with Harrow coming in to play the point and Brown for the 2 guard, I think we'll probably need a combo guard and a wing in the 2011 class. We'd be losing Javi, Tracy, and potentially Thomas.

  14. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    August 20, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    The kid can stroke it. Many considered him an undersized 2 until he really impressed everyone with his command at the 1 this summer.

  15. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    August 20, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    In all honesty it is hard to judge the SF corps because we have never really seen what they can do. Johnny has never been fully healthy, and we can only hope that he will be. Wood and Davis are both new on the scene. We will see what they can do soon enough, but let's give them a shot to prove themselves first.

    With that being said, we are recruiting '11 wingman Rodney Hood out of Mississippi.

  16. Pack Leader said...
    August 20, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    I still believe once Brown arrives next year, Sid will move CJ Williams to SF. He has the size and as a rising junior he will beable to guard and score with the best of the ACC.

    Also next year I really would like to see Horner play some 3. Over sized but can shoot over the defender, rebound over his man, aslong the opposing team doesn't run a 3 guard offense he should beable to keep up speed wise.

    Lets not freak out yet, even with parker i dont think he would be ACC ready until the '11 season anyway

  17. Eric said...
    August 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    ^^^^ I agree with fake Eric above and like Hood as a possible recruit. If we do not get Cothron, Leslie or some other top prospect, it would make sense to hold for 2011. With the noise we hope to make in 2010, we may be in line for more talent in 2011.

  18. Pack Leader said...
    August 20, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    ? fake eric?

  19. Eric said...
    August 20, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    I didn't post the first comment under "Eric," meaning it appears possible to have the same name shown on google blogger.

    Not to say that more Eric's are needed...

  20. Anonymous said...
    August 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    I think that Josh Davis is going to be one of the better players out of this class . That kids going to be hard to gaurd and a shut down defender on the d side of the ball . just my opinion

  21. Slick said...
    August 20, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    I say we go hard after CJ Leslie, even though I don't think we have a real chance of landing him. If we get him fine if not I think we should save the scholly for '11 and try to get Quincy Miller or Marshall Plumlee or both.

  22. Eric said...
    August 21, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Roscoe Smith and CJ Leslie are up at Boost interviews, neither are mentioning NCSU. In addition, and not surprisingly, Tobias Harris cut his list to 5 and did not include NCSU.

    Is it me, or does it seem like we aren't getting as much love as I thought we were getting earlier in the Summer?

  23. wolfpack4eva said...
    August 21, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    ^^^One of the most accurate things I've seen an anonymous poster post. Davis is going to end up being a stud. Davis is a scoring machine, rebounds well and was his HS teams shutdown defender. He has a point guards background playing at 6'7". Davis may need a year to mature, but when he does, he's going to be very hard to stop.

  24. redfred said...
    August 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    How many posts could an anonymous poster post, if an anonmymous could post posts?


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