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Duke’s Cooper Flagg shines vs Team USA basketball, goes viral on social media

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Cooper Flagg is expected to take college basketball by storm at Duke before being the first pick in the 2025 NBA draft. 

Before he dons a jersey for the Blue Devils, the 17-year-old Flagg became the first college player in more than a decade to take part in Team USA basketball camp, shining in several scrimmages against the best players in the world. 

Flagg, a member of the Select Team, went viral with several highlights against Team USA in Las Vegas. The social media storm intensified Monday as several videos spread like wildfire on X, formerly Twitter. 

In highlights posted by Ben Golliver, Flagg is shown dribbling into a 3-pointer over the outstretched hand of Anthony Davis before finishing a putback layup over Bam Adebayo and draining a turnaround jumper over Jrue Holiday. 

Flagg and the Select Team trained with Team USA for three days before the NBA’s biggest stars head to Paris to chase a fifth straight gold medal at the Olympics.

Team USA is scheduled to face Canada in an exhibition game on July 10 before four more scrimmages in Abu Dhabi and London. Team USA faces Serbia on July 28 in its opening game of the Olympics. 

Flagg will soon head back to Durham to join the Blue Devils, who have the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation and several high-profile veterans. Entering its third season under head coach Jon Scheyer, Duke is expected to be among the favorites to win the national championship.

Staff writer Rodd Baxley can be reached at rbaxley@fayobserver.com or @RoddBaxley on X/Twitter.

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