Is Duke Unstoppable Now? Cooper Flagg, Projected No.1 for '25 NBA Draft, Commits!



by FAIZAN CHAUDHARY

Is Duke Unstoppable Now? Cooper Flagg, Projected No.1 for '25 NBA Draft, Commits!
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In an astounding twist to the world of collegiate basketball, the prodigious talent Cooper Flagg has declared his commitment to the Duke University basketball program, further solidifying Duke’s reputation as a powerhouse in the realm of collegiate athletics.

This decision comes after considerable speculation and anticipation, as Flagg, the unequivocal top prospect in high school basketball and a frontrunner for the No. 1 pick in the 2025 NBA draft, made his intentions clear this past Monday.

Flagg’s journey through the recruitment process has been closely monitored by fans and experts alike, with Duke emerging as a prominent favorite early on. Under the watchful eye of Coach Jon Scheyer, Duke made a substantial impression on Flagg, with Scheyer maintaining a constant presence at Flagg’s games since his performances in the 15U Nike EYBL circuit.

This level of attention was echoed by other formidable programs such as UConn, Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan, all of which dedicated significant resources to scout Flagg this past summer.

Decisive Duke Victory

Despite the crowded field, three schools ultimately rose to prominence in Flagg’s consideration: Duke, UConn, and Kansas.

However, after an official visit to UConn and a subsequent cancellation of a visit to Kansas, it was a second visit to Duke that tipped the scales definitively in favor of the Blue Devils. Adding another layer of intrigue, Flagg announced this August his decision to reclassify from the 2025 class to 2024, aiming to make his college debut in the fall of next year.

At just 18 years old in December of his freshman year, he will be eligible for the 2025 NBA draft, a stage where he is already projected to shine. Standing at 6-foot-8, this forward from Maine has solidified his status as the top prospect in the nation, displaying a remarkable consistency and dominance on the court.

His performances in June and July were nothing short of stellar, as he climbed from a No. 2 ranking to earn MVP honors at the prestigious National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp. His impressive run continued at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, where he showcased his skills in one of the most dominant performances in the event’s history.

Flagg’s impact is not confined to the summer circuit; he has made waves in high school basketball as well. After leading Nokomis Regional High School in Maine to a state title in his freshman year, he transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida, a move that has allowed him to continue developing under the guidance of legendary high school coach Kevin Boyle.

With a growing offensive role and a recent stellar performance at the Border League in Las Vegas, Flagg’s star continues to rise. Flagg's commitment to Duke not only brings excitement to the program but also positions the Blue Devils as a strong contender for the top recruiting class in the country.

With other top prospects in their sights, Duke is undoubtedly entering a new era of dominance in college basketball. Coach Scheyer, stepping into the colossal shoes of the legendary Mike Krzyzewski, has quickly established himself as a formidable presence in college basketball recruiting.

With the acquisition of Flagg, he has sent a resounding message to the world of college basketball: Duke is here to stay, and they are stronger than ever. In conclusion, Cooper Flagg’s commitment to Duke marks a pivotal moment in college basketball, further elevating the stature of an already storied program.

With his unparalleled talent and potential, Flagg is poised to make an indelible impact on the sport, and the world will be watching eagerly as he embarks on this next chapter of his journey.