December 6, 2023

Sports activities

“After I acquired on campus, I actually began to ascertain myself in Durham.”

Cooper Flagg. AP Picture/Gregory Payan
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Cooper Flagg has dedicated to play school basketball at Duke, he introduced Monday.

The Maine native is the No. 1 highschool basketball participant within the nation, in line with the 247Sports Composite. He has an extended record of gives, however finally selected Duke over UConn.

“Ever since I used to be slightly child, I at all times dreamed of taking part in Division I basketball on the highest degree,” Flagg mentioned in his dedication video, revealed by Slam Magazine. “Basketball has at all times been ingrained in me because of my mother and pop. Rising up in Maine, I needed to work twice as onerous to realize the respect and recognition of the basketball world.”

The 6-foot-9 ahead averaged 25.4 factors, 13 rebounds, 6.9 blocks, and 5.7 assists at Peach Jam on the Nike EYBL Circuit this summer season whereas taking part in for AAU workforce Maine United.

Flagg was named Maine Gatorade Boys Basketball Participant of the 12 months as a freshman after main Nokomis Regional Excessive to its first state championship in 2022.

He and his twin brother Ace later transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida. He averaged  9.8 factors, 5.2 rebounds, and a pair of.2 blocks in 17.8 minutes per sport throughout his sophomore 12 months.

Flagg, who was initially within the Class of 2025, determined to reclassify to the Class of 2024 this summer season and head to varsity a 12 months early. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello known as Flagg “the favourite” to be the No. 1 choose within the 2025 NBA Draft.

“After I acquired on campus, I actually began to ascertain myself in Durham,” Flagg mentioned. “All of the love I felt made me actually excited, seeing all of the Crazies and the ambiance in Cameron. I’m honored that I’ve the chance to hitch the brotherhood.”