Cooper Flagg and Rutgers’ Freshman Standouts Touted as Early Favorites for 2025 NBA Draft

Dylan Harper (Rutgers)

The upcoming NBA draft is poised to showcase a remarkable array of talent, with a diverse group of college freshmen and international prospects vying for top honors.

At the forefront of this impressive class is Duke’s Cooper Flagg, a versatile forward blessed with elite potential, and Rutgers’ dynamic duo, Airious “Ace” Bailey and Dylan Harper, who are both expected to make contributions to their team’s success.

Cooper Flagg (Duke Blue Devils/NBA)

Flagg, widely regarded as one of the most promising young players in the country, boasts an impressive skillset that sets him apart from his peers. His ability to handle the ball like a guard, finish with precision, and block shots with ease makes him a formidable force on the court.

Bailey, on the other hand, is a floor-running wing with a penchant for high-flying athleticism, while Harper is a gifted guard capable of playing both on and off the ball.

Joining this talented trio are several other outstanding prospects, including French guard Nolan Traore, Spanish wing Hugo Gonzalez, and Baylor guard V.J. Edgecombe.

Traore, known for his scoring prowess, is expected to make an immediate impact, while Gonzalez’s impressive showing at the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament has garnered serious attention.

Edgecombe, meanwhile, is a rim-attacking athlete with two-way potential. The class also features a number of talented big men, including Duke’s Khaman Maluach and Arkansas’ Zvonimir Ivisic.

Maluach, a 7-foot-2 center with a 7-foot-5 wingspan, has shown remarkable potential as a rim protector and finisher, while Ivisic, a 7-foot-2 sophomore, has already flashed tantalizing potential in limited minutes.

With such a deep and diverse pool of talent, the 2025 NBA draft is shaping up to be a truly exciting event. As these young players continue to develop and refine their skills, they are sure to make a lasting impact on the world of basketball.