Duke basketball should be drooling over Dariq Whitehead’s high school show.
It looks as if Whitehead alone gave Mitchell his money’s worth by splashing five 3-pointers in helping Montverde Academy to a decisive 84-26 season-opening victory over Life Christian Academy.
High school box scores are all but nonexistent. But the highlights below show Whitehead (wearing No. 4 in white) delivering several driving scores and dazzling dimes as well while refusing to play at any tempo other than his own. The confidence level is well beyond his years:
Now, here is a zoomed-in look at another recent performance from the 6-foot-8, 205-pound New Jersey native. It comes courtesy of Ballislife, which tagged the probable one-and-done Blue Devil as a “future NBA star” himself:
A highly ranked Duke basketball class already
Dariq Whitehead, a five-star who announced his college destination in early August and recently rose one spot to No. 5 on the 247Sports 2022 Composite, is not the only early prize for the Duke Blue Devils along the 2022 recruiting trail.
No, the program has filled a couple of more potential needs via two more commitments within the past two months. Five-star power forward Kyle Filipowski, who now ranks No. 14, and four-star shooting guard Jaden Schutt, who jumped from No. 107 to No. 73, plan to join Whitehead at Duke for the 2022-23 campaign.
With all the ranking bumps to future Blue Devils, the three-deep Duke recruiting haul leapfrogged Kansas to No. 2 on the 247Sports 2022 Team Rankings.
Plus, head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer and his cohorts appear to remain in contention for at least four other high school seniors: five-star big man Dereck Lively, five-star small forward Mark Mitchell, five-star shooting guard JJ Starling, and five-star combo guard Anthony Black.