Cooper Flag tops the 66th BDN All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball Team

A return to the normality of high school basketball that came out of the canceled 2021 tournament season yielded many memories, but none more remarkable than Cooper Flagg’s arrival on stage.

Together with twin brother Ace, Flagg made his college debut at the age of 14 at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, and by the end of the season he was 15 and had led the Warriors to the first boys basketball state championship in the school’s history.

At 6-foot-7, he played with a maturity that defied his age, delivering leadership and basketball skills that ranged from handling basketball as a point guard to ending quick breaks with impressive slam dunks, from blocking shots on the edge to use its range to steal passes on the perimeter.

Still, it was only part of the story that made Flagg rank at the top of the 66th annual Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball Team, as well as becoming the first freshman in state history to be named Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

The rest is reflected in Nokomi’s coach Earl Anderson’s frequent refusal to describe Flagg, who has been ranked among the top players nationally in the 2025 class.

“Great goal scorer, even better pass player,” he said. “Great player, even better teammate.”

Flags will be joined on the BDN All-Maine first team by junior center Joseph “JP” Estrella of South Portland, senior center John Shea of ​​Edward Little of Auburn and second-time strikers Landon Clark of Bangor and Teigan Pelletier of Oxford Hills in southern Paris.

Second team honored are junior center Elliot Bouchard from Bonny Eagle from Standish, senior guards Peter Psyhogeos from Yarmouth, Hunter Curtis from Ellsworth, Brady Coyne from Falmouth and junior guard Will Davies from Thornton Academy of Saco.

Third-team teams include senior forward Owen Maloney of South Portland and senior guard Colby Smith and Aaron Newcomb of Brewer, David Omasombo of Lewiston and Trevor Brown of Medomak Valley of Waldoboro.

The All-Maine teams are selected by BDN sports staff with input from coaches and other veteran observers across the country.

First team

Members of the 66th BDN All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball First Team include Joseph “JP” Estrella of South Portland (clockwise from top left), Cooper Flagg of Nokomis, John Shea of ​​Edward Little, Landon Clark of Bangor and Teigan Pelletier of Oxford Hills. Credit: Contributed photos

Flagg led all Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A players in terms of scoring, stealing, blocked shots and field-goal percentage, while finishing second in rebounds and assists. He also helped Nokomis limit opponents to 40.11 points per game. match in the regular season and only 37.3 points per. match over four tournament wins.

“He’s influencing the game in so many ways, truly a generational talent,” said Kevin Millington, coach of Class AA State Champion South Portland High School.

Coaches give just as much credit to Flagg’s selfless nature and team play for Nokomis’ success this winter, suggesting that his individual stats could have been much greater if it had been a priority.

“Flags are definitely a talent at the next level,” said Leavitt of Turner Center coach Mike Hathaway. “You can see all the reasons why people love his game with athletics and length, but his hoop IQ and ability to involve his teammates is also top shelf.”

Flag and twin brother Ace plans to move to Montverde Academy (Florida) in August.

The 6-foot-11 Estrella led South Portland to its first state championship in 30 years and has been offered scholarships by the likes of Iowa, Tennessee, Syracuse, Penn State, Boston College, Marquette and the University of Maine.

“He can go inside and out,” said Thornton Academy of Saco head coach Bob Davies. “He must be accountable everywhere on the floor.”

This year’s player in the Southwestern Maine Activities Association, who led his conference in scoring and blocked shots and finished second in rebounds, plans to play next year at the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

“He’s probably the best shooter I’ve had since I’ve been to South Portland, and he’s really not far from being able to really put it on the floor and run by people,” Millington said. “Just being athletic in that size is rare. He has the perfect frame to be a stretch-4 at a really high level at the next level.”

Shea led Edward Little to the brink of his third-class AA North title in four years and was named the state’s Mr. Basketball.

“He’s been a big part of our success from the moment he started his second year here, and he’s getting better every year,” said Edward Little coach Mike Adams.

This year’s Class AA North player led the division in both scores and rebounds, with much of his work done from the traditional low post.

“Planning for him was so difficult because he attracted so much attention in defense and it would open up cuts and open shooting opportunities for the other players,” Lewiston coach Elgin Physic said. “So if you defended well, he was relentless on the offensive boards.”

Shea has been offered a preferred walk-on spot by the University of Maine.

Clark received first-team All-Class AA North recognition after finishing second in the division to Shea in both scores and rebounds.

“Landon’s ability to stretch the floor and play on the block makes him much harder to protect,” said Hampden Academy coach Russ Bartlett. “He is also able to lay the ball on the floor to attack the hoop, which is why his ceiling is very high to play at the next level.”

The left-handed Clark is also a solid ball dealer who helped the Rams cope with defensive pressure on the entire court.

At the 6-7 position, Landon can score in the post, drive to the basket, score from the perimeter and run the floor, Physic said.

Pelletier was a key factor in the Oxford Hills reaching a state championship game for the first time since 1990.

Twice, he defeated Bangor by shot at the last second, including in the Class AA North quarterfinals. He then defeated Edward Little in the regional final with a battle-winning jump shot with 0.4 seconds left of overtime.

Teigen is a player with high motor skills, “said Physic.” He can score in a variety of ways – inside and out – he can run the floor, jump out of his position and is a great player. “

The All-Class AA North first-team player led the Vikings in scoring and ranked number three among the division’s rebounders.

“We clearly saw what he can do first hand,” Millington said. “He’s a great scorer on three levels.”

Second team

Members of the 66th All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball Second Team include Hunter Curtis of Ellsworth (clockwise from top left), Will Davies of Thornton Academy, Brady Coyne of Falmouth, Peter Psyhogeos of Yarmouth and Elliot Bouchard of Bonny Eagle. Credit: Contributed photos

Bouchard, an honorary first-team All-Class AA South, thrived not only as a rebounder and goal scorer with growing shooting range, but as a ball dealer with the lowest turnover percentage for Bonny Eagle, a Southern regional semifinalist.

“Elliot is the guy we’ve designed our zone defense around,” said Scottish coach Jack Trull. “He also dominated the post this year, where 11 of his 17 points on average came from. He is an elite player and a fantastic defender. “

Psyhogeos was a double-double machine for Yarmouth, as evidenced by his 27 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots as the Clippers beat Ellsworth in overtime to win the Class B state title.

The resilient wing made 50 percent of his 2-point attempts and 32 percent from beyond the 3-point arc as well as 76 percent from the free-throw line. He will take that accuracy to Bates College next season.

“Pete was the best all-around player in Class B, and in my opinion it’s not that close,” Hathaway said.

Curtis was Mr. Versatility for Ellsworth, second among Big East Conference scorers and third in assists while leading his team in rebounding for the fourth year in a row. Mr. Basketball finalist and this year’s Big East Conference player, Curtis will focus on baseball at Husson University from next fall.

“He’s a very selfless player, one of the guys you love having on your team,” Ellsworth coach Peter Austin said. “In my opinion, he could have had an average of 20 to 25 points per game if he had wanted to.”

Davies emerged as a leading point guard while leading Thornton Academy to the Class AA South final. The first-team All-SMAA selection was among the league leaders in both scores and assists and shot 38 percent beyond the 3-point line.

“He has unlimited range, he’s really good with the ball in his hands, and he has a great view,” Millington said. “He really does not have many weaknesses. I will not play him twice next year.”

Coyne was captain of Falmouth to the Class A South title. And Mr. The basketball finalist, the four-year university guard was also named SMAA Class A player of the year and the outstanding player-athlete in the Navigators regional tournament. He plans to play at Bates College next season.

“Coyne is a scorer on three levels,” Hathaway said. “He’s a knockdown shooter, good in the middle and pullup game, and he can get to the edge.”

Third team

Members of the 66th All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball Third Team include Colby Smith of Brewer (clockwise from top left), Trevor Brown of Medomak Valley, Aaron Newcomb of Brewer, David Omasombo of Lewiston, and Owen Maloney of South Portland. Credit: Contributed photos

Maloney was this year’s defender of the SMAA Class AA, and offensively hesitated the first team’s selection at all conferences, and Mr. The basketball semifinalist did not hesitate to involve his teammates. Maloney was offered a spot as a favorite walk-on at the University of Maine.

Smith quarterbacked Brewer for the Class A North Championship. All-KVAC’s first team guard and Mr. The basketball semifinalist was among the league leaders in assists, rebounds and steals while shooting 49 percent off the field.

Omasombo embodied his team’s speed at both ends of the field as he led Lewiston to a trip to the Class AA North semifinals. Mr. The basketball semifinalist and All-Class AA North first-team player shot 37 percent from beyond the arc and was considered one of the state’s fastest defenders on the ball.

Brown was named KVAC Class B Player of the Year after leading the Medomak Valley to the Class B South Championship game. He was a strong finisher near the edge offensively and as a rebounder, and he was also considered a throwback player defensively because of his work ethic and ability to make player control mistakes.

Newcomb was the perfect complement to Smith in the Brewer backfield, giving the Witches a leading long-range shooting game. Mr. The basketball semifinalist and first-team All-KVAC Class A selection shot 43 percent while making 55 3-pointers in the regular season. He also took on defensive tasks ranging from the opposing team’s greatest player to its fastest guard.

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