Montverde’s Cooper Flagg dominates at FIBA ​​U17, Peach Jam

Cooper Flagg, a sophomore inbound transfer to Montverde Academy, might already be the best high school basketball player.

Last season, before transferring to Montverde, Flagg became the first freshman named Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Earlier this summer, the 6-foot-8 forward helped Team USA win gold at the FIBA ​​U17 World Cup. They won every game by an average of 40 points.

Flagg averaged 9.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in Spain. But when adjusting for playing time, according to Cerbero Sports, the numbers are just plain nonsense. He somehow recorded 20.4 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 5.0 steals every 40 minutes during the tournament.

The more advanced numbers on Synergy, meanwhile, are relatively hilarious. According to the data, when Flagg was the closest defender on jump shots, opponents were just 2-for-19 (10.5%) from the field. When he defended his man in isolation, he forced turnovers more often than he allowed a score.

When looking at pictures of him representing his country, Flagg looks two years older than everyone else, not the other way around. Jonathan Givony shared a detailed scouting report on his game (via ESPN):

“In addition to playing with an insatiable level of energy, Flagg displays uncanny basketball instincts with the spatial awareness, processing speed and timing he exhibits while spinning for blocks, staying ahead of guards on switches and always being the first off for loose balls.Given the level of competition he had played so far, several NBA executives in attendance said they were shocked by Flagg’s temperament, his knowledge of the game and his ability to make an impact without needing a single play called for him, which bodes incredibly well for his long-term vision.

Then, earlier this week, while playing for his AAU team in the Nike EYBL Flagg, he followed that impressive performance by potential recording a quadruple-double… with blocks and interceptions.

Watch some of these disruptive highlights and your jaw will drop to the floor. After one of his estimated twelve blocksFlagg took the ball downfield and then scored on the basket in transition.

Flagg, who calls Duke her dream school, is a prospect worth knowing.

The tip

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I looked at every team in the league and gave them a rating based on their performance during the offseason. Let’s start at the top!

“GRADE FOR ATLANTA HAWKS: A

I’m a fan of Atlanta’s offseason, mostly because they added Dejounte Murray without giving up any of their key assets.

The former San Antonio guard is a long, defensive-first All-Star who made significant progress as a scorer and playmaker last season. The Hawks desperately needed the help he will provide on defense, but I also like that it could allow Trae Young to show more of what he can do playing off the ball.

You can check out my full list, to see how I rated your favorite team, by clicking here.

Shootaround

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