Future Duke basketball star Dariq Whitehead
- 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists (Game MVP)
Nobody on the hardwood Tuesday night played as well as Dariq Whitehead.
The 6-foot-6 forward, who was recently awarded the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year, played a fantastic all-around game that helped lead the East to a blowout win.
Whitehead, who spent long stretches of the game running the point, scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, including three knockdown jumpers from beyond the 3-point line.
Consistent jump-shooting has certainly been the one potential limitation of Whitehead’s game, so his smooth jumper on Tuesday night should be a great indication for Duke fans.
His play earned him game MVP honors, the first Blue Devil to do so since Frank Jackson in 2016.
Whitehead has long been known as an incredible slasher and scorer inside the paint, but his play from the point guard spot and his outside stroke that were on display Tuesday will be important keys when he arrives on campus for the 2022-23 season.