ESPN ranks Cooper Flagg the third most high school freshman basketball player in the nation
Recognition keeps coming for Newport teenage basketball sensation Cooper Flagg.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward who led Nokomis Regional High School to its first state championship last month has been listed as the No. 3 prospect nationally among the class of 2025, according to ESPN.
Flagg, who recently received scholarship offers from UCLA and Iowa, follows only Cameron Boozer, a 6-8, 215-pound forward from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Fla., and Koa Peat, a 6-8, 215-pound forward from Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, in the standings.
Flagg, Peat and Boozer all received 96 ratings in the roster and were the only players in the Class of 2025 to receive such a high rating. They are among 13 players listed in the top 25 of the Class of 2025 as five-star recruits.
These three players were among nine members of the Class of 2025 who attended a U.S. Junior Men’s National Basketball Team mini-camp April 1-3 in New Orleans in conjunction with the Final NCAA Division I Four.
Flagg and his twin brother Ace recently announced plans to transfer to the National Prep Center Montverde (Florida) Academy in August.
This school has produced many NBA and Division I college players, including the most recent, Dariq Whitehead, 2022 National Player of the Year and Naismith Trophy winner. Whitehead, a Duke University draftee, led Montverde to a 22-4 record last winter and the school’s second consecutive GEICO High School Nationals championship.
Flagg led Nokomis to a 21-1 record this winter and was the top selection for the Bangor Daily News All-Maine men’s basketball team in addition to becoming the first freshman to be named player of State Gatorade Boys Basketball of the Year.
He averaged 20.5 points, 10 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 3.7 steals and 3.7 blocked shots per game this winter for coach Earl Anderson’s club.
Flagg, the son of Ralph and Kelly (Bowman) Flagg, led all Class A players in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference in points, steals, blocked shots and field goal percentage (63%) while ranking second in rebounds and assists. He also helped Nokomis limit opponents to 40.11 points per game during the regular season and just 37.3 points per game in four tournament wins.
He currently plays for a 15-and-under AAU club Maine United which is the first team from Pine Tree State to compete in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. This 32-team national collection competes in five spring and summer tournaments crowned by the Peach Jam in Augusta, Georgia in late July, which will crown the Nike Summer Circuits champion.
Flagg and his Maine United team went 4-0 earlier this month in his first NEYBL tournament in Orlando, Florida, where he was reportedly drafted by Duke and Kentucky,
The Maine United team is scheduled to participate in its second tournament this weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Flagg, 15, has already received at least five Division I college scholarship offers, starting last summer from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
This was followed by offers from the University of Albany, the University of Maine and more recently from the Power Six Iowa and UCLA schools.