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Kevin Durant: Duke’s Cooper Flagg Appears Like ‘Hell of a Participant’ in Crew USA Camp

Julia Stumbaugh July 9, 2024 Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images Incoming Duke freshman Cooper Flagg has impressed 14-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant with his performance during USA Basketball’s Olympic training camp. “From the sideline, he looked like a hell of a player, somebody that’s going to only get better with more experience,” Durant said Tuesday

Kevin Durant: Duke’s Cooper Flagg Appears Like ‘Hell of a Participant’ in Crew USA Camp

Julia StumbaughJuly 9, 2024

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 8:   Cooper Flagg #31 of the USAB Mens Select Team looks on during the USAB Men's Training Camp on July 8, 2024 at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Incoming Duke freshman Cooper Flagg has impressed 14-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant along with his efficiency throughout USA Basketball’s Olympic coaching camp.

“From the sideline, he seemed like a hell of a participant, someone that is going to solely get higher with extra expertise,” Durant mentioned Tuesday (h/t The Washington Submit‘s Ben Golliver.) “17 years outdated, coming in right here and enjoying like he is a vet, virtually. No emotion, simply on the market doing his job. That is signal.”

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Suns’ Kevin Durant on Duke’s Cooper Flagg at USA Basketball camp: “He seems like a hell of a participant. … He is 17 years outdated coming in right here enjoying like a vet virtually. No emotion. Simply going on the market and doing his job. That is signal.” pic.twitter.com/IupKki3c8T

Flagg was one in all 15 athletes named to Crew Choose to coach with the USA Basketball Males’s Nationwide Crew this week in Las Vegas forward of the 2024 Paris Olympics. The Duke prospect, who turns 18 in December, is the one member of the group with no NBA expertise.

He’s additionally the primary school participant to be invited since Doug McDermott and Marcus Sensible joined the squad in 2013.

This isn’t the primary time Durant has complimented Flagg, who’s an early favourite to be the No. 1 decide of the 2025 NBA Draft.

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“Younger dudes, it is exhausting to actually perceive, while you’re enjoying in opposition to highschool competitors, you do not know who’s one of the best of one of the best… however the intangibles that he has, and his measurables, and his uncooked expertise, I can see that via the TV,” Durant informed Rich Kleiman for Boardroom in February (52:30 mark.)

Durant continued: “Once you’re 6’10”, after which come working up and down the ground like that, and obtained the instincts with the basketball like that, you are solely going to— in case you work at it, and also you care, and also you’re in line with who you might be, like I mentioned, displaying up day by day— in case you present up day by day, and be one of the best that you could be, I believe Cooper Flagg may very well be probably the greatest gamers within the league for 15 years.”

Seeing Flagg play in particular person in opposition to a star-studded Crew USA roster that options LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Stephen Curry apparently has not modified Durant’s thoughts, particularly given the incoming freshman’s capacity to carry his personal on the court docket in opposition to NBA veterans:

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Whereas Crew USA veterans like Durant are getting their first glimpse of Flagg, the Duke prospect has been getting his first glimpse of what it is going to be wish to be within the NBA. He informed ESPN’s Tim Bontemps that he’s studying in regards to the professionals’ conduct, coaching and sport preparation whereas attending the Vegas camp.

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