Relatively unknown to the general public at the start of the summer, Cooper Flagg has made a name for himself on the media scene in recent days, on the occasion of the U17 world championship, held in Malaga (July 2 to 10).
Throughout the tournament, won by the United States for the sixth time in a row, the 15-year-old winger, a native of Maine in the American northeast, stole the show, compiling averages of 9.3 points, 10 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.9 blocks, in 19.6 minutes per game.
He notably posted a huge double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the quarter-final against Serbia, before trampling the Spanish racket in the final, with 10 points, 17 rebounds, 8 steals and 4 blocks!
Subsequently earning a deserved selection in the five major of the tournament.
A studious and productive month of July
In short, ooper Flagg, the youngest player in the American workforce, changed dimension during this World Cup: he went from being a high school student relatively unknown outside the United States, to prospect with very high potential, future NBA player that all boy scouts international organizations will be watching closely in the months and years to come.
With an almost disconcerting pragmatism for his young age, the winger does not take the big head. Only “freshman” in high school last year, he still has a way to go since he will not join the NCAA until 2025.
” The experience with the national team was very beneficial to me. he said of the U17 World Championship. ” The simple fact of having been able to meet players older than me, to have learned from them and from their experience, it was beneficial. I think what I remember from this tournament is how to approach the game more calmly, how to do better readings. »
Barely returned to the United States, Cooper Flagg continues: he is present this week at the final tournament of the AAU season sponsored by Nike, the Peach Jam, during which NCAA coaches and NBA scouts are present to observe the new wave of talent. high school students.
The sequel to the Montverde Academy
In his case, there are beautiful people: Jon Scheyer (Duke), Penny Hardaway (Memphis), Kyle Neptune (Villanova) but also staff assistants from Kentucky, Oregon or Connecticut are present to see him at work .
There is no question of rushing the choice of his future university. While he has already received scholarship offers from Duke and Michigan State among the big programs, Cooper Flagg is currently focused on high school, and could not make his choice until next year, or even later.
” It’s still so early for me, but it’s exciting to receive all these offers. In the future, I will plan some campus visits, I don’t know when yet. For now, I’m trying to take it all in he slipped.
At the Peach Jam, in line with his performance at the World Cup, the 2m01 winger crushes everything in his path, displaying in particular a modern “all-around” profile and an overdeveloped defensive potential compared to other players of his generation.
From the start of the next school year, Cooper Flagg will continue his high school education at the famous academy in Montverde, Florida. A way to push himself to his limits and continue to climb, leaving his comfort zone to face a higher level of competition than he faces in Maine.
” I’m excited to continue my journey, I can’t wait to get to work. I always make sure to put myself in the best position to progress, so I know it’s the right choice to go there, against excellent players and coaches, with a demanding schedule. he said about it, in conclusion.