Cooper Flagg impresses Kevin Durant at Team USA training.

Kevin Durant, a USA Basketball star, wasn't on the floor to face Cooper Flagg and the select team, but he saw the 17-year-old's talent and maturity against the best in the nation.  

Flagg, the consensus top 2024 prospect at Duke, was the only collegiate player invited to Las Vegas training camp. He is the first college player on the select team since Doug McDermott and Marcus Smart in 2013.  

He competed against the senior team before the 2024 Olympics, along with LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Anthony Davis. He was praised by multiple players, including Durant, who has an injured calf.  

Durant stated, “From watching him on the sideline, he looked like a hell of a player,” via Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.   

“He will improve with experience. He's 17, but he plays like a vet. Emotionless. He was working outside. That's good.   

The media-accessible scrimmage showcased Flagg, 18, who turns 18 in December.  

Flagg showed his talent against a team preparing for its fifth straight gold medal, hitting 3-pointers in front of Davis and attracting defenders like Jrue Holiday.  

Before joining Montverde Academy in Florida, the 6-foot-9 big was Maine Gatorade Player of the Year at Nokomis Regional High School. His choice was Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils over UConn and Kansas.  

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