Duke basketball secures Cooper Flagg, the No. 1 player in the country

Duke basketball recruiting prospect Cooper Flagg (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball recruiting prospect Cooper Flagg (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball program has officially secured another top prospect. 

It was a glorious Monday morning for the Duke basketball program as Cooper Flagg, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2024, announced his commitment to the Blue Devils.

Flagg opted for Duke over UConn and Kansas.

The 6-foot-9 forward canceled his official visit scheduled to Kansas in early October but did take trips to Connecticut and Durham in late September and late October, respectively.

The Blue Devils had been considered the favorite to land Flagg throughout his recruitment after he called Duke his “dream school” in various interviews during his early years of high school and said he modeled some of his game after players like Jayson Tatum and Grayson Allen.

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Cooper Flagg took his only unofficial visit to Duke in early August, days before he announced his reclassification from the 2025 class into 2024.

Flagg had been battling Cameron Boozer, a Blue Devil recruiting target, for the No. 1 ranking in 2025 but became the unanimous top player in 2024, over Duke prospect Dylan Harper, after he made the jump.

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Duke now holds the No. 1 recruiting class in 2024, leaping from No. 4, according to 247Sports.

Cooper Flagg now joins 5-star recruits Isaiah Evans and Kon Knueppel and 4-star wing Darren Harris in the Blue Devil recruiting class.

All three commits were at Countdown to Craziness last weekend when Flagg was on his official visit.

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Duke is still in the mix for 5-star targets Patrick Ngongba II, VJ Edgecombe, and Dylan Harper.

Ngongba II, who will announce his college decision on November 4, and Edgecombe were on their official visit to Duke during the same weekend that Flagg was on campus.

The expectation is that Duke will add to its current crop of recruits and be fully reloaded when Jon Scheyer begins his third season as the program’s head coach.

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