Duke basketball starts August with massive recruiting development

Duke basketball recruiting target Cooper Flagg (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball recruiting target Cooper Flagg (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball program is starting August with huge recruiting news. 

Typically, August is a slow month in the world of college basketball but the Duke basketball program is starting the final month of summer with a bang.

Cooper Flagg, one of the best high school prospects in the country, will be taking an unofficial visit to Durham beginning on Tuesday.

It will be the first time that Flagg is visiting a school during his recruitment.

The visit was first reported by TheDevilsDen and confirmed by other outlets.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Montverde Academy (Fla.) shined at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam last month and rose, in some recruiting experts eyes, as the top player in country regardless of class.

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Cooper Flagg and Cameron Boozer, both prime Duke targets in the Class of 2025, are considered the best prospects in the nation, but the 247Sports Composite rankings still list Flagg as the No. 2 player in the country behind Boozer.

UConn, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Providence, Texas, UCLA, and Villanova also have extended offers to Flagg and no other scheduled visits are known at this time.

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There has been speculation throughout the summer that Cooper Flagg could reclassify into 2024, but nothing has been confirmed.

Duke has already landed two prospects in 2024, 5-star forward Isaiah Evans and 4-star guard Darren Harris, but is still looking for its first pledge in 2025.

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News on a potential reclassification would not become official until later in the calendar year, if not until the spring of 2024, but the Blue Devils have always been the leader in the recruiting race for Cooper Flagg and seem poised to land the talents of the coveted prospect.

Flagg was first offered by Duke in May 2022 and has called the program his “dream school” as he models his game after Blue Devil legends Grayson Allen and Jayson Tatum.

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