Key Duke basketball target calls Blue Devils his ‘dream school’

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The Duke basketball program looks to have the insider track on a key prospect. 

As the summer months continue to progress the Duke basketball program is looking for any advantage possible on the recruiting trail and head coach Jon Scheyer might have the inside track at one of the best players in the Class of 2025.

Despite his youth, the Blue Devils were one of the first high major programs to extend an offer to Cooper Flagg.

Flagg also has offers from UCLA, Michigan, Iowa, Albany, Bryant, and Maine.

However, at the USA Basketball U17 tryouts Flagg spoke with Joe Tipton of On3Sports and could not stop gushing about Duke and Scheyer.

“Growing up, Duke was always my dream school,” Flagg said to the recruiting guru.

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“I always looked up to all the Duke players, watched all their games and stuff like that. I could see myself fitting in well with their play style. They have a lot of versatile guys so I think I’d fit in pretty well.”

Many recruiting outlets do not have official rankings on members of the Class of 2025 but the Newport, Maine native will be at the top of many boards when those rankings are released for public consumption.

ESPN ranks Cooper Flagg as the No. 3 player in the rising sophomore class and received his offer from Duke on May 16.

Duke basketball being selective with Class of 2025 recruits

Duke has only offered two other players in the Class of 2025, Cayden and Cameron Boozer, the twin sons of former Blue Devil legend Carlos Boozer.

Cameron Boozer, named after Cameron Indoor Stadium, is ranked as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2025 while Cayden Boozer is slotted at No. 24 in the class by ESPN.

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After spending his freshman season with Nokomis High School (Maine), Cooper Flagg announced in March that he will be transferring to national powerhouse Montverde Academy (Fla.) for his sophomore season.

Duke has encountered great success recruiting players from Montverde Academy and its head coach Kevin Boyle, including Kyrie Irving, RJ Barrett, and incoming freshman Dariq Whitehead.

Jon Scheyer already has the top ranked recruiting classes in 2022 and 2023 since taking over for Mike Krzyzewski and it looks like the 34-year old is planning for more massive hauls in 2024 and 2025.

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