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Cooper Flagg, Ace Bailey Top Initial 2025 NBA Mock Draft

Feb 26, 2024 10:30 AM

Cooper Flagg of Montverde Academy is the projected first overall pick in the 2025 NBA Draft. Flagg will attend Duke University next season. Flagg is a 6-foot-9 combo forward. He reclassified to enroll at Duke a year early.

Airious "Ace" Bailey of McEachern High School is the projected second overall pick. Bailey will attend Rutgers University in the fall. Bailey has great size at the wing position, as he's listed at 6-foot-10.

The 2025 class is expected to be a deep one. Several potential one-and-done college players and international prospects are atop the rankings.

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Cooper Flagg Commits To Duke

Oct 30, 2023 9:17 AM

Cooper Flagg has committed to Duke University. Flagg is considered the likely top overall pick in the 2025 NBA Draft.

Flagg is a 6-foot-9 forward. The Maine native is finishing his high school career at Montverde Academy, which has produced dozens of NBA draft picks over the past decade. Flagg reclassified to graduate high school in 2024, so that he could attend college a year early.

In 2022, Flagg was a part of the United States gold medal team at the U17 World Cup. Flagg averaged 9.3 points, 10 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.9 blocks as a 15-year-old.

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NBA Hires Mike Krzyzewski As Special Adviser To Basketball Operations

May 10, 2023 12:20 PM

The NBA announced that Mike Krzyzewski has been appointed Special Adviser to Basketball Operations.

In his new role, Krzyzewski will provide counsel to the league office, NBA team executives and other leaders across the league on a host of issues related to the game. He will begin in this consulting capacity by attending a meeting of NBA general managers next week in Chicago.      

“We are honored to have Coach K join the NBA family and share his vast experience and expertise with the league and our teams,” said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell.  “As a preeminent coach and renowned leader who cares deeply about the game of basketball, he is uniquely suited to drive discussions and offer insights about the present and future of the NBA.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity to deepen my connection to the NBA and participate in conversations about further strengthening the league and the game,” said Krzyzewski.  “Even in my retirement from coaching, my passion for the sport has never been higher.  This role will enable me to stay engaged with basketball at the highest level.”

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Dereck Lively II Leaves Duke For 2023 NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2023 8:55 AM

Duke center Dereck Lively II has declared as an Early Entry Candidate for the 2023 NBA Draft. Lively is projected to be selected in the middle of the first round of this year's draft.

In his lone season with the Blue Devils, Lively started 24 of 34 games. He averaged 5.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game.

At 7-foot-1, Lively is one of the biggest prospects projected to go in the top half of the draft, outside of Victor Wembanyama. Scouts project Lively to be an instant impact player as a defender and rebounder.

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Tyrese Proctor Returns To Duke For Sophomore Season

Mar 27, 2023 12:43 PM

Tyrese Proctor will return to Duke for his sophomore season. Proctor is a potential lottery pick in 2024.

"This is the best decision for my career, both present and future," Proctor told ESPN. "Coach [Jon] Scheyer and I share the same vision; we have unfinished business. We have the best staff in the country, and they will push me each and every day."

Proctor was the No. 30 prospect in ESPN's 2023 draft projections. 

At 6-foot-5, Proctor has dynamic shot-making ability, creativity as a playmaker and strong competitiveness defensively. 

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