With freshman Tyus Jones stepping on campus, rumors have been floating around about what’s going to happen if or when he outplays senior Quinn Cook at the point guard position.
“We’re looking at is as, we’re both trying to get better,” said Jones in an interview. “We’re both pushing each other to be the best players we can be. We’re both trying to play in the backcourt at the same time and with each other we feel… we both bring different dynamics to the table that can help our team be good. It’s a positive to have two point guards on the floor, so that’s what we’re trying to do.”
In the short time that Cook and Jones have had to build a relationship, they’ve set a foundation. They’re looking at the bigger picture.
It’s “never a rivalry or a competition or anything of that sort” because “we all have one goal in mind,” said Jones.
Jones arrived on campus last month, along with one of his closest friends, center Jahlil Okafor, small forward Justise Winslow and guard Grayson Allen. These four comprise one of the nation’s best recruiting classes from last year.
“The seniors, the upperclassmen, the guys who were here last year welcomed us with open arms, so that made it a lot easier to transition into the college lifestyle,” said Jones.
Even though the freshmen are talented, they’re still going to need guidance from those upperclassmen on the squad. Like most teams in the country, the majority of Duke’s roster is underclassmen. Duke only returns three juniors, forward Amile Jefferson, guard Rasheed Sulaimon, center Marshall Plumlee, and one senior—Cook.