Cooper Flagg, the highly sought-after prospect in high school basketball, has officially chosen Duke University as his college destination, boosting the Blue Devils’ chances of securing the top recruiting class in the nation. Flagg had also considered UConn and Kansas as potential options before finalizing his decision.
This recruiting victory for Duke can be attributed, in part, to their coach, Jon Scheyer, who played a significant role in Flagg’s recruitment. Scheyer demonstrated his interest and support for Flagg early on, attending his games and maintaining contact throughout the process.
Flagg took the time to visit both UConn and Duke before ultimately making his decision. It was the atmosphere and support he experienced on Duke’s campus that solidified his choice.
One factor that allowed Flagg to enter college earlier than anticipated was his reclassification from the 2025 class to the 2024 class. This move will make him eligible for the 2025 NBA draft, adding further excitement to his basketball journey.
Flagg’s stellar performances at various showcases and tournaments, including the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp and the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, solidified his status as the top prospect in the country. During the Peach Jam, he averaged remarkable numbers, showcasing his skills in scoring, rebounding, assisting, and shot-blocking.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Maine transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida and has continued to dominate on the court. In recent games, he has been averaging an impressive 19.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.
Flagg’s achievements extend beyond high school basketball, as he represented the USA Basketball team at the FIBA U17 World Cup in 2022, contributing to the team’s gold medal win. This outstanding performance earned him the title of USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year.
NBA scouts and college coaches have commended Flagg for his versatile skill set and potential as a basketball player. His defensive abilities, versatility, and competitive nature have garnered him praise from experts in the field.
Flagg’s commitment to Duke further strengthens their already impressive recruiting class, which includes other top prospects like Isaiah Evans, Kon Knueppel, and Darren Harris. With these additions, Duke remains in pursuit of additional five-star recruits.
Coach Jon Scheyer has quickly established himself as a successful recruiter for Duke, already securing the No. 1 and No. 2 recruiting classes in his first two cycles as Mike Krzyzewski’s successor. Flagg’s commitment only adds to the program’s promising future.
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