‣ Cooper Flagg, a five-star forward and the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2024, chose Duke over UConn.
‣ Duke has the second-shortest odds to win the 2024 NCAA Tournament, according to multiple college basketball betting sites.
Cooper Flagg, a highly sought-after basketball talent, recently announced his commitment to Duke University as part of the Class of 2024. Standing at 6-foot-8, Flagg is a five-star forward and has been ranked as the number one recruit in his class. While he was considering signing with UConn, he ultimately chose Duke after being impressed by a visit to their campus. Flagg’s decision has sparked excitement among college basketball enthusiasts, with Duke now being considered one of the top contenders for the 2024 NCAA Tournament, alongside Kansas.
Flagg, who hails from Newport, Maine, made quite a name for himself over the summer, impressing college recruiters at various camps and tournaments. His talent and potential were recognized by multiple basketball betting sites, resulting in Duke having favorable odds to win the NCAA Tournament. Other teams gaining attention include Kentucky, Purdue, and Michigan State.
In addition to his basketball skills, Flagg’s decision to enter the Class of 2024 and reclassify from his original 2025 class has further solidified his status as a top player. At just 16 years old, he is already being marked as the number one overall pick for the 2025 NBA Draft. Flagg is currently the highest-ranked recruit in the United States, ranking number one in Florida, as a power forward, and nationally.
When asked about his commitment to Duke, Flagg expressed his excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to join the “brotherhood” at the university. He mentioned feeling a deep connection to the campus and the electric atmosphere at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Before settling on Duke, Flagg received offers from 10 other schools, including Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, and UCLA. He initially attended Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, where he achieved numerous accolades, including being named the Maine Gatorade Player of the Year as a freshman. After his freshman year, Flagg transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida and continued to excel on the court.
Flagg’s commitment to Duke has been met with excitement and anticipation. As he continues to develop his skills and make a name for himself, basketball fans eagerly await his collegiate career and what the future holds for this promising young athlete.