Cooper Flagg Earns Unprecedented Team USA Honors

Duke's star freshman makes headlines with impressive honors once again.
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Duke basketball has the best recruiting class in the country, headlined by star prospects Cooper Flagg and Khaman Maluach. Both players are expected to be top-five selections in the 2025 NBA Draft, so all eyes will be on the Blue Devils next season.

Flagg was the No. 1 high school player in the country, winning the National High School Player of the Year award and becoming McDonald's All-American. What makes these honors that much more impressive is the fact that he is one of the youngest players in his class, not turning 18 until December.

Yet, what he most recently accomplished makes everything else pale in comparison. The Newport, Maine native who later moved to Montverde Academy for high school, was just named to Team USA Select Team, becoming the first collegiate player since 2013 to earn the honors.

Duke News: Cooper Flagg Makes USA Basketball Select Team

Select Team practices with the Team USA to help prepare them for the Paris Olympics. They will train with the main squad, which is expected to have the likes of LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Jayson Tatum. It is an important step in Flagg's development to share the court with these players, as well as get his name in there for future Team USA selections.

Other members of the Select Team include proven NBA players like Jalen Suggs, Keegan Murray, Trey Murphy, and Payton Pritchard. This will be an important opportunity for Flagg to get some reps with the best players in the world as he gets ready for his freshman season at Duke.

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