Dukes Cook, States Wood shine at D-League All-Star Game

Cook earned MVP honors at the leagues all-star game Saturday while Wood won the 3-point shooting contest

Raymond Carlin III—USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1

Unlike the NBA All-Star Game and skills competition, which are little more than made-for-television exhibitions, the D-League events that were also held this weekend are a more serious showcase for players looking to get noticed and earn call-ups.Two players who made the most of that opportunity were former Duke national champion Quinn Cook and NC State’s Scott Wood.Cook, who ranks second in the D-League in scoring at 26.0 points per game while playing for the Canton Charge, earned MVP honors in leading the East team to a 105-100 All-Star Game win in New Orleans on Saturday.Earlier in the day, Wood showed off the sharpshooting ability that made him the Wolfpack’s all-time leading 3-point shooter by winning the league’s 3-point shooting contest.Cook nearly had a triple double in his 25 minutes of All-Star action, finishing with a game-high 18 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, to go along with three steals. He made 7 of his 10 field goal attempts and was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers for a team coached by former North Carolina star Jerry Stackhouse.Stackhouse is the coach of the East Division-leading Raptors 905.”I kind of knew it wasn’t just a fun alley-oop, shooting half-court shots (type of) game,” Cook told NBA.com. “It’s another audition. It’s business. It’s professional. Coach Stackhouse had us ready.”Wood didn’t need any coaching to be ready for the 3-point shootout.The former State star, who spent his first three professional seasons playing in Spain, is shooting 43.7 percent for the season from beyond the arc for the Santa Cruz Warriors. Saturday he hit 18 in the first round to tie the Delaware 87ers’ Devondrick Walker for first place in the five-man event. He then knocked down 23 treys in the final to easily win the competition.Wood is averaging 14.6 points and 3.5 3-pointers per game for the season.Here are the up-to-date stats of all D-League players from North Carolina college:• Cat Barber, NC State (Greensboro Swarm): 15.0 ppg, 4.1 apg, 3.5 rpg, .429 FG, .393 3PT• Quinn Cook, Duke (Canton Charge): 26.0 ppg, 6.8 apg, 4.0 rpg, .475 FG, .366 3PT, .899 FT• Andre Dawkins, Duke (Texas Legends): 12.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, .420 FG, .379 3PT, .725 FT• Courtney Fells, NC State (Westchester Knicks): 10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, .425 FG, .824 FT• P.J. Hairston, UNC (Rio Grande Valley Vipers): 11.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, .321 FG, .853 FT• Ryan Kelly, Duke (Maine Red Claws): 22.8 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg, .508 FG, .359 3PT• C.J. Leslie, NC State (Raptors 905): 10.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, .548 FG• Kendall Marshall, UNC (Reno Bighorns): 10.0 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.3 rpg, .418 FG, .335 3PT, .750 FT• Marcus Paige, UNC (Salt Lake City Stars): 13.3 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 rpg, .413 FG, .383 3PT, .824 FT• Jaleel Roberts, UNC Asheville (SLC Stars): 2.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .500 FG, .889 FT• Ralston Turner, NC State (Greensboro Swarm): 4.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, .427 FG, .420 3PT• J.P. Tokoto, UNC (Rio Grande Valley Vipers): 14.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.6 spg, .497 FG, .349 3PT• Terry Whisnant, ECU (Iowa Energy): 10.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, .367 3PT, .838 FT• Coron Williams, Wake Forest (Maine Red Claws): 7.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, .414 FG, .933 FT• Prince Williams, ECU (Greensboro Swarm): 3.3 ppg, .473 FG, .409 3PT• Scott Wood, NC State (Santa Cruz Warriors): 14.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, .443 FG, .437 3PT, .957 FT