The not possible rise of Cooper Flagg

Hailing from a rural Maine city of not more than 3,200, a 16-year-old child is taking part in basketball at a stage no person from the state has earlier than.

Newport native Cooper Flagg was a Maine state champion and the Gatorade Participant of the Yr as a freshman in early 2022. Lower than a year-and-a-half later, he has earned the title of consensus No. 1 prospect nationwide, and just lately had a high-profile first official faculty go to — to UConn, winner of the 2023 NCAA championship.

The 6-foot-9 teenager is anticipated to decide on between UConn, Duke and Kansas within the subsequent couple months, play a season of school ball in 2024-25 after which, if latest historical past is any indication, be a lottery choose within the 2025 NBA Draft.