Duke basketball pledge Dariq Whitehead has his family in a Blue Devil mood.
Montverde (Fla.) small forward Dariq Whitehead and his relatives are officially Duke basketball family. Yet the 6-foot-8, 205-pound five-star, who ranks No. 6 overall on the 247Sports 2022 Composite, admitted long ago to already being a fan.
Now, as of his 17th birthday on Sunday, Whitehead seems to be a devoted lifelong Dukie, even if his playing days in Durham only last one year before he potentially becomes a lottery pick.
The Duke basketball commit’s celebrations
Whitehead’s love for the Blue Devils is clear from the family videos and pictures below, which his aunt posted to Instagram shortly after his commitment.
The first slide in her post shows Whitehead doing what his family appears to call the “Duke dance” as he savored giving the news to his future coach, successor-in-waiting Jon Scheyer:
Then, within the same post, four slides consist of pics and clips from Whitehead’s announcement ceremony.
Next, slides No. 6 and No. 7 provide brief video feeds of the conversation between Whitehead and Scheyer when the heralded prospect ultimately told the 2010 national champ precisely what he had hoped to hear. Notice how Whitehead almost cruelly treats Scheyer like he does defenders on the court, keeping him guessing what’s about to happen up until the moment it happens.
This moment was Whitehead’s FaceTime verbal commitment to a giddy Scheyer.
Finally, slide No. 8 is of his aunt appearing to exhibit utter appreciation for Cameron Indoor Stadium’s hoops holiness during Whitehead’s official visit to campus in June. And the last slide is a muted feed of 42nd-year Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski giving the enthralled youngster some Blue Devil wisdom during a private chat next to Coach K Court.
Yes, Dariq Whitehead has found a forever home.