The Duke basketball program has drawn first blood in the Cooper Flagg race.
Things are moving quickly in the pursuit of Cooper Flagg for the Duke basketball team.
News broke late Monday night into Tuesday morning that the Blue Devils would be hosting Flagg for an unofficial visit, which was his first ever visit to a school, beginning on August 1.
Jump ahead to Wednesday night and the prized recruit was posing for a picture next to Duke freshman Sean Stewart, his high school teammate at Montverde Academy (Fla.) last season, after a team workout that included Flagg.
Now, on Thursday the first 247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction has been logged for Cooper Flagg and it is in favor of the Duke Blue Devils.
The prediction was submitted by TheDevilsDen’s Adam Rowe, who was first to report the unofficial visit between Flagg and Duke.
The 6-foot-8 forward is currently ranked as the No. 2 player in the Class of 2025, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, as he only trails Cameron Boozer, another highly sought after Blue Devil target on the list.
However, many recruiting experts believe that it is a tough battle between Flagg, Boozer, and 2026 prospect AJ Dybantsa as the best player at the high school level regardless of class.
Another prediction was also forecasted on Thursday afternoon from another insider at TheDevilsDen, John Watson, for Duke to land the Maine native.
Duke basketball could be looking at best high school prospect in country
Cooper Flagg averaged 25.4 points, 13.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 6.8 blocks per game last month at the prestigious Nike EYBL Peach Jam and also holds offers from programs such as UConn, Kansas, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, and Villanova.
There have been rumors and reports that Flagg could reclassify into the 2024 recruiting class because his current age would allow him to be eligible for the 2025 NBA Draft, should he be a one-and-done at the college level.
Currently, Duke has landed 2024 recruits Isaiah Evans and Darren Harris and remain heavily involved with several other more prospects in the class.
A commitment from Cooper Flagg, as a 2024 player, would almost certainly jump the Blue Devils to the No. 1 recruiting class in the country with more positive news to come on the recruiting circuit.
There is no other scheduled visits for Flagg at this time and Duke remains firmly in the lead to land his important verbal pledge.