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Duke-bound Cooper Flagg steals show for USA Select Team in scrimmage

Flagg stirs hype at Team USA training camp
Yahoo Sports senior NBA reporter Vincent Goodwill tells Dan Patrick why he’s aboard the Cooper Flagg “hype train” after the 17-year-old, Duke-bound standout made a splash at Team USA training camp.

LAS VEGAS — The USA Select Team — the scrimmage sparring partner for the Paris Olympic-bound Team USA — is stacked with young talent from across the NBA: Brandon Miller (Charlotte), Keegan Murray (Sacramento), Amen Thompson (Houston), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Miami) and Trey Murphy, who is about to get a huge contract from the Pelicans. And that’s just a few names.

Cooper Flagg stole the show Monday from all of them.

The Duke commit who just finished high school has impressed in the parts of two scrimmages the media has witnessed. He has flashed a smooth shooting stroke, a feel for the game, and plenty of athleticism.

We knew Flagg was good, the 6'8" wing is the early projected No. 1 pick in the 2025 NBA Draft and had teams thinking he could be a franchise cornerstone. Meaning this is a guy worth tanking for.

How good was he in Monday’s scrimmage? ESPN’s Marc Spears asked an NBA coach on hand.

“I’m confident in my ability and my skill,” Flagg said. “At the end of the day, I’m confident in who I am and what I do.”

He also said he’s getting a lot of encouragement from the veterans on Team USA.

“They’ve all been pretty welcoming…" Flagg said. “They’re just telling me to keep working and stay grounded.”

Flagg now heads to a Duke team that is stacked and will enter next season with high expectations. Flagg looked like a guy ready to live up to those expectations for himself.