There was actually a time when kids would go to Maine for high school basketball, I guess Maine Central Institute
ain't what it used to be, looks like Caron Butler was last one to come out of there.
I've heard nothing of this kid (but my current knowledge of high school and even college hoops is now at about 0). Went to look up some highlights of Cooper Flagg. This was the first video that popped up
, and it was almost 30 seconds and 3 highlights in before I could figure out which one Flagg was.
When I hear about high school studs, I expect to see extreme athleticism, not something I'm seeing here.
While looking him up, I read this article
When you watch footage of him representing his country, Flagg looks two years older than everyone, not the other way around. Jonathan Givony shared a detailed scouting report on his game (via ESPN):
“Besides playing with an insatiable energy level, Flagg displays uncanny basketball instincts with the spatial awareness, processing speed and timing he shows rotating for blocks, staying in front of guards on switches, and always being the first off the ground for loose balls. Considering the level of competition he had played up to this point, several NBA executives in attendance said they were shocked by Flagg’s temperament, knowledge of the game and ability to make an impact without needing a single play called for him, something that bodes incredibly well for his long-term outlook.”
So sounds like the scouts love him. But the one highlight reel I watched, he didn't look 2 years older to me (again, it took me a bit to even figure out which kid he was). The spatial awareness, timing, etc, ya I can see it, but I've also learned that other kids will catch up with that, so you need more than that to make you a real stud. But he's also only 15, and maybe I'm judging him off memories of 17 year old phenoms.
Gee..Sounds like the name of a fictitious CIA goon
Any kid that has a name that sounds like a GI Joe toy
is okay in my book.