Duke announced that incoming freshman quarterback Darrick Whitehead underwent surgery to repair a broken foot he suffered during an offseason workout on Monday.
Whitehead will begin rehab immediately and is expected to play this fall, at Duke.
Whitehead is the 2022 Naismith High School Player of the Year and arrives on campus after winning back-to-back national championships at Monverde Academy. When he committed to Duke, Whitehead was the No. 6 overall player and No. 3 small forward in the 2022 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rating.
The freshman wing is projected to be a one-and-done player. At 6’6 with athleticism and scoring prowess, Whitehead is the type of versatile wing that NBA scouts and executives look for during the draft process. With his skill set, it’s only natural that he’s considered a lottery-level talent months before the 2023 NBA draft.
When Whitehead returns, he will need to quickly integrate himself into a young lineup that is expected to headline, along with junior point guard Jeremy Roach and one-and-done Derek Lively. Roach is the only player in Duke’s lineup to have played significant minutes in the Blue Devils’ final four seasons.