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Duke Recruiting: Dariq Whitehead Update

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: JAN 19 Spalding Hoophall Classic
SPRINGFIELD, MA - JANUARY 19: Montverde Academy Eagles guard Dariq Whitehead (0) drives to the basket during the second half of the Spalding Hoophall Classic high school basketball game between the Montverde Academy Eagles and IMG Academy Ascenders on January 19, 2020 at Blake Arena in Springfield, MA
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We’re always reluctant to read too much into a recruiting situation because things can change quickly and sometimes for fairly arbitrary reasons. We remember one story, not at Duke, about a coach who asked a player why he turned his school down. He explained it was because his number was retired and he wouldn’t be able to wear it.

Another recruit was concerned about social life. When Kenny Anderson picked Georgia Tech over favored UNC, he said he “didn’t want to be just another horse in Dean Smith’s stable,” or something close to it, anyway.

Some guys just fall in love with the school though. Shane Battier got to Duke on his visit and couldn’t wait to look in the windows at Cameron.

So it’s really hard to tell and young players have learned to keep things quiet so they can make their own announcements.

So this article about Dariq Whitehead has one thing to note, this line: “His energy was different with this particular offer,” Team Durant Director of Recruiting, Dwayne Wise told BustingBrackets.com. “His official visit was set up immediately with Duke. Whitehead, since being with us at Team Durant, has kept his recruitment close to the vest until recently.”

So maybe that slightly tips his hand. It’s really hard to say though and we’d recommend not getting too excited until he actually has something specific to say.