Dariq Whitehead, one of the top prospects in the 2022 recruiting class, has committed to Duke. A 5-star small forward, the 6-foot-6 Whitehead ranks as the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2022 class, per 247 Sports.
Whitehead’s commitment is the coda for a strong week of recruiting for Duke and coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer; back on Thursday, Duke picked up a pledge from 4-star power forward/center Kyle Filipowski.
The decision to commit to Duke comes one day after Whitehead received an offer of $500,000 to play for the G League Ignite program. In the end, though, Whitehead picked Duke over that offer, along with Kansas and Florida State.
2022 five-star Dariq Whitehead has committed to Duke. pic.twitter.com/Km2c4WA5vF
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) August 1, 2021
Whitehead took an official visit to Duke in early June. That was followed by official visits to FSU and Kansas, too. However, Scheyer — along with Nolan Smith and Chris Carrawell — are quickly showing their ability to recruit to Duke, beyond Mike Krzyzewski, who will retire in April 2022.
During the month of July, Whitehead, a gifted athlete on the wing, performed wonderfully on the Nike EYBL circuit for Team Durant: 16.5 points, six rebounds and three assists a game.
Whitehead, who is from Newark, N.J, attends Montverde Academy (Fla.), a prep powerhouse program.