Duke basketball 5-star freshman says landing Cooper Flagg ‘makes sense’

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

A Duke basketball freshman is making his pitch to get Cooper Flagg to Durham. 

There is less than a week until Cooper Flagg takes his official visit to the Duke basketball program and some of the current players are making their public pitches to get the top overall prospect to commit to the Blue Devils.

Jared McCain, a 5-star freshman guard, commented on Flagg’s recruitment after he cut the Kansas Jayhawks from his list and narrowed his finalists to Duke and UConn.

“Man, Cooper [Flagg] is my guy. He’s got to come to Duke,” the rookie told Complex.

“I think for him, it’s simple. He’s the player who he is and coming to Duke will just amplify all his attributes.”

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Flagg has already taken an unofficial visit to Duke in early August, shortly before he announced his  reclassification, and will be taking his official visit during Countdown to Craziness.

The 6-foot-9 forward took an official visit to UConn in late September and canceled his scheduled official visit to Kansas just days before it was slated to begin.

“It just makes sense,” McCain continued. “You know what I’m saying? UConn just doesn’t really make sense.”

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Duke has three players already committed in the Class of 2024, 5-star prospects Kon Knueppel and Isaiah Evans in addition to 4-star guard Darren Harris, and head coach Jon Scheyer is eyeing an even bigger recruiting class.

Cooper Flagg will be joined by 5-star forward Patrick Ngongba II and 5-star wing VJ Edgecombe in Durham next weekend as both recruits also have the Blue Devils in their group of finalists.

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“[I’m] Just going talk to him, you know, always be in his ear and have a fun time,” Jared McCain said about what he is going to do to try and persuade Flagg to commit to Duke.

There are rumblings that a decision could come relatively quickly from Cooper Flagg after his visit to Duke so he can focus on his final season at Montverde Academy (Fla.).

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