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Dariq Whitehead Picks Duke!

The Duke Blue Devils gained their second commitment of the Jon Scheyer era when one of the nation's most coveted prospects in the nation in Dariq Whitehead chose to play his collegiate career in Durham, N.C.

The New Jersey-born Whitehead plays his high school basketball for Montverde Academy. He made his decision known today on his 17th birthday where he picked the Blue Devils over Kansas, Florida State and the NBA G-League which offered $500.000 for next season.

Whitehead joins recently committed Kyle Filipowski giving Duke a solid foundation on next year's class. That class needs to have multiple players come in, so Scheyer and staff will remain in the trenches throughout August.

Make no mistake about it, Jon Scheyer is having early success on the recruiting trail thanks to the coveted Whitehead's commitment and the work of what seems to be a hungty staff.

Quick Take - As for Whiteheads' play on the court, think potential first despite having elite athleticism and the ability to be a lockdown defender. He has good physicality and finishes thunderously around the rim when the opportunity is at hand. But the reason I mentioned potential is that he was sometimes overshadowed at Montverde where he played with a talented team of all stars. We are just beginning to see a finished product in Whitehead. He is good in open floor situations as is Filipowski, so we are seeing where Scheyer is going with his first class. Duke will focus on the rest of their shortlist on the recruiting trail while preparing for the coming season which will be Mike Krzyzewski's swan song season.

The newly committed Blue Devil --

There was a tell in the three hats pictured. The Duke one had no tag and appears to have been worn or already owned.
Scheyer scores his 2nd verbal in Dariq Whitehead

Kyle Filipowski Chooses Duke

After tearing it up on the EYBL circuit, Kyle Filipowski becomes the first new recruit who will play for Jon Scheyer when he takes over for Mike Krzyzewski in the 2022-23 season.

The New York Rens standout is great at ball movement and good handling despite his 6-11 frame. He is a solid, hard-working player who is a nice first get for Scheyer.

Filipowski chose Duke over Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina.

Duke offers Jaylen Blakes

Duke offers 2021 guard Jaylen Blakes a scholarship per a source close to the situation. Blakes played his shoe camp ball for the New York Lightning and attends Blair Academy.

The Blue Devils covet another guard this year and Blakes would fill in nicely as a tweener. Blakes ranks #85 in the ESPN Top 100.

Blakes holds offers from St. John's, Texas, UConn, and others. Duke is looking to add depth to a thin backcourt, so stay tuned for more as this situation progresses.