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You probably will not be surprised to learn that Duke is still an attractive destination for the best basketball players in the country. Five-star small forward Dariq Whitehead proved it by announcing his commitment to the Blue Devils Sunday night, according to ESPN.
Whitehead is number 6 overall player in his class, according to 247Sports Composite. He committed to Duke over a number of other top programs and a significant offer from the NBA G League. This despite the Blue Devils’ obvious transition before stepping on the pitch from legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski to Jon Scheyer.
247Sports college basketball recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer compares Whitehead to former Texas Tech winger Jarrett Culver.
Solid size for a wing. Has a quick jerk in athletics. Fast with basketball. Loves to attack the rim but has a smooth jumper. Scores on three levels. Has a great pull up jumper that goes to the left. Solid ball carrier and passer who plays with consciousness and instincts. Rebounder its position well. Has enormous potential as a versatile defender.
Whitehead is the second top-tier player to commit to Duke in the last few days as four-star center Kyle Filipowski, the No. 33 player in the 247Sports Composite, promised to the blue devils Thursday.
6-foot-6, 190-pound Whitehead plays his high school ball at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. If that sounds familiar, it’s for good reason. In last week’s NBA Draft of 2021, four former Montverde players were selected in the first round, including number 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham.
Ironically, last week’s NBA draft was also the first time that no Duke player has been selected in the lottery (picks No. 1 through No. 14) since 2013. Whitehead undoubtedly hopes to be the next lottery pick for both schools. .