Copper Flag (15), the new NBA hard block

He was impressive in the U-17 World Cup, almost even more so during his first high school season in the United States. The Cooper Flagg might be the next nugget to watch on the other side of the Atlantic, we’re talking about a fifteen-year-old with an already present talent. But really, where did it come from? Can we get his stats? Could he end up in the NBA? Go and relax with your feet in a fan, we answer all these questions.

Cooper Flagg, upon first hearing, sounds like an advertisement for a city car capable of parking anywhere in Paris without catching the attention of the ASVP controllers. So it’s hard to imagine that behind this title actually hides one of the most promising possibilities in the basketball world. Let’s start with a little detailed review of a guy’s profile: Cooper Flagg is fifteen years old for 2.01 metres. Indeed, this is the physical condition of the boy, of course he is dominant in his age group at the moment. Originally from Maine—in the far northeastern part of the United States—Cooper was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that started out with basketball: My mom played four times in the NCAA Finals with the University of Maine. The level of work ethic and the conveyance of passion, you will admit that we have done worse. As far as education is concerned, young Cooper goes to school in Newport, the city where he is from. In 2021, he attended Nokomis Regional High School, the local private high school. Inevitably, he was incorporated into the basketball team with the title of a great future in the discipline. Don’t worry, his freshman year of school averages confirm that the guy holds gold in his hands: 21 points, 1 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks in 22 games this season. More complete apart from the bread, hard to find. Of course, that talent attracts rewards, so the kid is honored with multiple features such as the state’s best player in his class, fusion in five of the contest contested by his high school… In short, the course is dedicated to the moment at the top of the top.

Moreover, at the top, Team USA wants to face him with the best players of his generation during the camp last April. The stage has been validated again successfully, and the reward is only a selection of the U17 national team for the World Cup in this category. The direction of Malaga in Spain, its clear waters its beaches, its culture and its intoxicating climate. Except Cooper is not here for sightseeing, and neither are his countrymen. The competition is just a formality as Uncle Sam’s nephews manage to dominate the discussions. Spain in the final of the tournament? Yum, good meal for Cooper: 10 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 8 steals (!) and 4 blocks. Balloon magnets When it comes to hoop cleaning, flaggers are also a great thief. We will also notice his beautiful spectacle, since the boy is accustomed to making beautiful performances to his colleagues, not of the unconventional either but the instrumental kind, and that is the main thing. Offensively, he was able to define his area well with an 18 point against Serbia in the quarter-finals. So here we are talking about a multi-faceted talent, able to contribute without relying on both sides of the field. Chance of going to the NBA? Well, first of all, you have to be patient to answer accurately. Cooper talks about a class of 2025 or 2026, depending on the league’s considered return to a potential project outside of high school. What we must also understand is that a man has only fifteen years. The time when basketball is great, but the body and mind are still under construction. So let’s give Mr. Drabo time to quietly grow up before we consider him a real NBA prospect, but let us nonetheless appreciate the athletic qualities we’re actually happy to watch.

Here is a very promising young man! Copper Flag, you might be the future of basketball. In the meantime, take the time to grow it anyway. While playing basketball of course, because that’s your primary trait. Come on, we risk meeting again too quickly anyway.

Source: FIBA, USA Basketball

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