It’s clear Duke basketball’s Dariq Whitehead has no patience for trolls.
Roughly 10 months from now, Jon Scheyer will face the UNC basketball program for the first time as Duke basketball head coach. Fortunately for the 34-year-old, he’ll have the services of the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, including the 2022 Naismith Boys’ High School Player of the Year in Montverde (Fla.) five-star small forward Dariq Whitehead.
And it seems Whitehead, who ranks No. 5 on the 247Sports 2022 Composite and took home McDonald’s All-American Game MVP honors in late March, is jonesing for a shot to flip the script on UNC in this new era of the rivalry.
Responding on Twitter to a Tar Heel fan who “can’t wait for [UNC defensive stopper Leaky Black] to lock him down next year,” Whitehead delivered a “Lol” plus a “delusional” tag:
Yes, that’s the vibe Duke must bring to bounce back from the two straight losses to UNC that famously soured Mike Krzyzewski’s farewell home game and final trip to the Final Four.
A Duke basketball devotee, through and through
Earlier this week, the 6-foot-6 Dariq Whitehead commented — in a comical fashion — on a tweet from an ambitious Louisville supporter. In doing so, he dispelled a rumor about the Cardinals and their new assistant from Blue Devil Land, Nolan Smith, potentially swiping him away from Duke:
Yes, it’s been evident since his gung-ho commitment on Aug. 1 that Whitehead has Blue Devil blood gushing through his veins.
ALSO READ: 4 fantastic facts about Dariq Whitehead
Whitehead will arrive in Durham this summer as part of a class — at least six deep — that features three of the top five prospects on the 247Sports 2022 Composite. The other two are Westtown (Pa.) five-star center Dereck Lively II (ranks No. 1) and Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) five-star power forward Kyle Filipowski (No. 3).
Stay tuned to Ball Durham for more Duke basketball recruiting news and views.