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Friday / July 12.
  • Duke’s Cooper Flagg youngest player chosen for USA Select team

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    Duke incoming freshman Cooper Flagg is among 15 athletes named to the 2024 USA Basketball Men’s Select Team that will train with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team as they prepare for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

    At 17 years old, Flagg is the only teenager and lone collegiate player on the roster. Joining the 6-9, 205-pound native of Newport, Maine, on the USA Select Team are 12 current NBA or NBA G League players and two players with NBA, NBA G League, international and USA Basketball experience.



    Flagg, who will be the first collegian to participate with the USA senior national team program since Doug McDermott and Marcus Smart in 2013, was the MVP of the 2022 FIBA U17 Men’s World Cup and recently won the 2024 Nike Hoop Summit as a member of the USA’s squad.

    He is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2025 NBA Draft.

    Members of the USA Men’s Select Team will train daily with the USA Men’s National Team from July 6-8 in Las Vegas.

    Along with Flagg, the 2024 USA Basketball Men’s Select Team is comprised of Jalen Duren (Detroit Pistons), Langston Galloway (Free Agent), Nigel Hayes-Davis (Fenerbahçe, Turkey), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Golden State Warriors), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Miami Heat), Brandon Miller (Charlotte Hornets), Trey Murphy (New Orleans Pelicans), Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings), Brandin Podziemski (Golden State Warriors), Micah Potter (Utah Jazz/Salt Lake City Stars), Payton Pritchard (Boston Celtics), Jabari Smith Jr. (Houston Rockets), Jalen Suggs (Orlando Magic) and Amen Thompson (Houston Rockets).

    “As a former member of the USA Select Team, I know how important and fun this opportunity is for each of these players,” said Grant Hill, USA Basketball Men’s National Team managing director. “There is a tremendous amount of talent on this Select squad with the significant job of helping the 2024 USA Men’s National Team as they begin their journey to the Olympics. Each of these athletes will play a role in our preparation as we also develop the national team pipeline for the future.”

    For the second consecutive year, Orlando Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley will serve as head coach of the USA Select Team.

    Since the development of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2006, USA Basketball has picked and utilized eight (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2021, 2023) teams to help the USA National teams prepare for major international competitions.

    Thirty select team members have joined USA national teams that have competed at the Olympic Games or FIBA World Cup, including former Duke Blue Devils Shane Battier (2006), Brandon Ingram (2023), Kyrie Irving (2014, 2016) and Mason Plumlee (2014, 2019).

    (Release via Duke)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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