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Meet Duke’s Newest Star: No. 1 Overall, Five-Star Freshman Cooper Flagg

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Duke basketball star freshman Cooper Flagg is the number one recruit in the country. Get ready to meet Flagg and the new-look Blue Devils.

Despite losing Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski to retirement a couple of years ago, Duke basketball is still the standard for five-star recruits. 

This upcoming season, head coach Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils will welcome yet another top recruit, this time by the name of Cooper Flagg.

If you haven’t already heard of Flagg, you’re in the right place. Let’s get to know the future star who is projected to go in the first round of the 2025 NBA Draft after this year at Duke. 

Flagg, the number one overall player in 247 Sports’ 2025 rankings, has a perfect “100” rating on the popular rankings service. The 6-foot-9, 205-pound prospect plays for the basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy. He chose the Blue Devils over UConn, which he visited last September. Flagg is from Newport, Maine, and has since showcased his talent all over the country since moving to Florida to play for Montverde. He now joins a new-look Duke roster that includes Caleb Foster, Tyrese Proctor, and newcomers Maliq Brown, Mason Gillis, Sion James, and others.

Flagg is the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2025 NBA Draft according to predictions by NBA Draft Room, NBADraft.net, and others.

Duke hasn’t landed 247Sports’ number one overall recruit since 2018, when it reeled in RJ Barrett. That class also included Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson. In addition to Flagg, Scheyer also brought in 2025 five stars Khaman Maluach (7-foot-1 center), Isaiah Evans (6-foot-6 wing), and Kon Knueppel (6-foot-5 wing). 

Here are some other top commitments in the 2024 class around the ACC: Miami landed the No. 7 overall recruit in the 2024 class in Jalil Bethea, UNC landed No. 8 Ian Jackson as well as No. 11 Drake Powell, and Louisville landed No. 35 Khani Rooths.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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