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‘Godbrothers’ reunite in Honolulu

Hawaii may not have been one of the final choices for elite prep point guard Quinn Cook, but at least the Warriors were in his thoughts … thanks to Joston Thomas.

Cook led No. 1-ranked Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) to the championship of the prestigious Nike ‘Iolani Classic last month. The 6-foot point guard put on a dazzling display of ball-handling and passing during the tournament, and was justifiably named the Most Valuable Player.

Thomas, a sophomore forward for Hawaii, was in the stands to watch his “godbrother” perform at several games during the ‘Iolani Classic.

“I tried to get him to come to Hawaii,” Thomas said. “But when you’re the top point guard in the country on the top team in the country, you get a lot of (schools) looking at you.”

Cook has already signed a letter of intent to play for Duke. He was also considering UCLA, North Carolina and Villanova, and was recruited by virtually every other major program in the country.

As for Hawaii?

“No man, it’s too far from my mom, too far,” Cook said.

Thomas and Cook first met more than 10 years ago while they were playing in the youth leagues in the Washington, D.C., area. They have maintained a friendship ever since.

“I’ve known this man since I was about 7 years old,” Cook said. “He’s given me advice from a big brother standpoint … he’s like my big brother.”

Thomas added: “Basketball brings a lot of people together. Basketball brought us together and we never broke that bond. We’re still trying to do wonderful things for our area and for ourselves and still try to be in each other’s lives as we go along.”

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