Duke basketball: Cooper Flagg’s legend grows in New York City showcase

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

The legend of Duke basketball recruit Cooper Flagg grew in New York City. 

In case the jaw-dropping moves, highlight reel dunks, and triple-doubles at Nike’s EYBL Peach Jam weren’t enough to elevate the young legacy of Duke basketball recruit Cooper Flagg, what he did over the weekend in New York City should do the trick.

Flagg took part in the SLAM Summer Classic on Saturday night and left his mark at the historic Rucker Park.

With 2.7 seconds remaining in the game and his team trailing by three points, 142-139, Flagg received an in-bounds pass on the wing and took one spin and a step-back dribble against 5-star prospect Dylan Harper to drill the game tying 3-pointer.

The crowd exploded and poured onto the court as Flagg’s fame continues to grow throughout the basketball community.

Flagg recently announced that he will be reclassifying into the 2024 recruiting class after spending  the first two years of his high school career as a 2025 prospect.

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The Montverde Academy (Fla.) standout is old enough to enter the 2025 NBA Draft and entering college a year early made too much sense for the elite prospect to pass up.

The 6-foot-9 forward had been battling Cameron Boozer for the top ranking in the Class of 2025 but immediately became the No. 1 player in 2024 after his reclassification, bumping Harper down to the No. 2 player in the country.

Duke basketball recruit continues to elevate his stock

Cooper Flagg finished the performance with 25 points as many are already viewing him as a future Duke Blue Devil despite not announcing his college decision.

Flagg visited Duke on an unofficial visit on August 1, his first and only college visit in the recruiting process thus far.


One of the two current Duke basketball two commits in the Class of 2024, Isaiah Evans, also participated in the event with the other Blue Devil recruiting targets such as Harper, VJ Edgecombe, and Meleek Thomas took the court as well.

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There is no date set for an announcement from Cooper Flagg on when he will announce his decision but many are expecting him to be dawning a blue and white jersey in the 2024-25 college basketball campaign.

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