Last spring and summer Cooper Flagg has established himself as one of the best players not only in the class of 2025, but regardless of the class. He continues down this path.
A Maine native, Flagg moved to Monverde Academy in Florida for a second season, and the 6-foot-8 forward is thriving. At the recent Hoophall Classic, he showed off his vast arsenal of instruments in full. He made deep jumps, sought to complete crosses, shattered glass, and demonstrated exceptional defensive awareness and versatility. The performance relatively close to home was an added bonus for the 2025 class runner-up.
“This was probably the closest game we’re going to play in my home state so we had a huge amount of support,” Flagg told 247Sports. “A lot of people went out and did four runs. I personally know about 100 people and it was great to see that kind of support and it just fueled me.”
A national powerhouse, Monverde is churning out top-notch college and NBA players at a breakneck pace. Ben Simmons, D’Angelo Russell, Cade Cunningham, Scotty Barnes to name a few – over the past few years. Flagg went there to get support from coach Kevin Boyle, play against top opponents and reach his full potential. As long as he feels like he’s learning.
“I think I own the ball one at a time, slow it down a bit and just have a little more trust in my teammates,” Flagg said. “I fit into the gameplay a lot more and just let it come to me.
“I think I have to keep developing my outside shooting and ball possession and just be someone who can lead and help our team stay calm and balanced throughout the game.”
No one is surprised at how Flagg develops, his tools and competitive fire are obvious. What people really want to know is what his next move will be and who he’s really interested in going to college. With offers from Duke, Michigan, UCLA and a few others, Flagg would be welcomed with open arms on any campus in America. Getting him to talk about which programs he has the most contact with or wants to arrange a visit with is a different story. Asked if he’s turned his attention to recruiting at all, Flagg currently prefers not to talk about specific programs and keeps it simple when discussing what he’s looking for in school.
“Not much, but college coaches can’t even contact me directly yet,” Flagg said of his recruitment. “My family talks about it with coaches.
“I think about the culture and support of the school and try to find a place that suits me and my playing style.”