Prized recruit Cooper Flagg just visited UConn this past weekend for his first of three official visits. Considered arguably the best prospect in high school basketball, Flagg is a prize worth having. The article below explains his visit to Hartford and his possible fit with the Huskies.
Cooper Flagg Visits UConn: How Would He Fit With the Huskies?
The Structure of His Visit
Flagg went to the campus this past weekend and was hosted by Huskies’ Big Man Donovan Clingan. The two players have ties. Both of their mothers played together on the Maine women’s basketball team in the 1990s, so this connection helps in trying to land Flagg. More importantly, playing closer to home is an important factor for him.
He also attended the UConn football game against Duke. While we do not see a drastic effect in recruiting shifts by going to a football game, engaging in fun events during a visit is still important. Visiting a campus and participating in events helps in big recruiting decisions.
Where UConn Stacks Up
UConn is a major player in landing Flagg for next season. While he previously admitted that Duke was his “dream school,” the Huskies are a legitimate destination. They are a team that he is strongly considering during this recruiting period. Fans may see Flagg going to Duke, but the Huskies are certainly in the running. The recent official visit proves UConn’s legitimacy.
The Fit with UConn
For starters, Flagg is an incredible talent. He is either first or second-ranked in the country in his class, as he recently reclassified. He had an explosive summer in terms of highlights and production. He was named “Peach Jam MVP” by 247 Sports and had monstrous performances. His combination of skill, athleticism, and fierce determination make him an incredible prospect and a potential NBA Star.
Flagg is a versatile forward. He has a smooth handle, great finishing ability, and an improving jump shot. However, his skill set is not just brilliant on the offensive end. Flagg is an incredible defensive player. He guards multiple positions and is a masterful shot-blocker. Furthermore, his timing and recovery skills make him a potentially great defensive player at the next level and beyond.
How Does He Fit with the Huskies?
UConn has versatile players and great size. However, with the loss of Andre Jackson Jr., they need a versatile forward with a variety of skills. Flagg fits that model well and scores it much better than Jackson Jr. Flagg’s fit is a player who can play the point-forward role for the Huskies. Therefore, UConn should do everything possible to get Flagg to Hartford.