Duke rookie Dariq Whitehead makes his college debut against Delaware


Duke rookie star Dariq Whitehead scored six factors off the bench in his school debut, serving to the Blue Devils beat Delaware 92-58 on Friday night time.

Whitehead had but to play this season after present process surgical procedure on his proper foot in late August. He went 3-of-11 from the sector and added two rebounds in quarter-hour of motion off the bench.

A six-foot all-round ahead, Whitehead was the No. 2 recruit on the ESPN 100 final spring and is a projected lottery choose in ESPN’s newest NBA draft rankings. He was named the Naismith Excessive Faculty Participant of the Yr and earned MVP honors within the McDonald’s All American Sport. Whitehead additionally helped lead Montverde Academy (Florida) to back-to-back nationwide championships as a junior and senior.

After opening the season with wins over Jacksonville and USC Upstate, Duke suffered its first lack of the season to Kansas on Tuesday within the Champions Basic. The Blue Devils shot 3-of-21 from 3-point vary and had simply eight assists for 18 turnovers. As soon as Whitehead is absolutely wholesome he ought to assist in each areas – and can possible enable Jon Scheyer to make use of a extra conventional beginning 5 with Whitehead on the wing and Kyle Filipowski and Dereck Energetic or Mark Mitchell on bass.

Energetic was additionally injured within the latter a part of the preseason, however returned in opposition to USC Upstate. The #1 prospect on the ESPN 100, Energetic has but to start out a recreation for Duke this season.