Upcoming 5 Star recruit Darik Whitehead has been sidelined indefinitely after breaking his leg during preseason training.
Duke’s guard underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair his injury, the team announced.
In a statement from the team, head coach John Scheer said, “We are delighted to share that Dariq has undergone successful surgery and is receiving the best possible care with the doctors and rehabilitation staff.” I’m sure he will be back on court soon.”
The college basketball community took to Twitter to react to the news of this unfortunate injury.
“NOOOOOOO. What a big bummer,” wrote one fan.
“The annual tradition continues like no other. Darik will get better soon,” added another.
“Without the leg injury, it wouldn’t have been Duke’s basketball,” said another.
Whitehead committed to Duke as the number one small forward in the 2022 class. He was named Naismith High School Player of the Year for 2022 as a member of the strong Monteverde basketball program.
Australian guard Tyrese Proctor was reclassified earlier this month to join the Blue Devils. Junior Ball his handler Jeremy Roach is the only starter to return from last year’s Finals his four-his squad.
Whitehead is not expected to be ready for Duke’s first practice on Sept. 26. Blue’s status in the Devils’ season opener on November 7 against Jacksonville is still up in the air.
Whitehead may not start the 2022-23 season, but Duke has three other 5-star recruits. No. 1 overall Derek Lively II, 6-foot-11 center Kyle Filipowski, and he’s No. 3 power forward Mark Mitchell. .