Dariq Whitehead

6-6, 190 Small Forward
Duke Freshman
Birthday
08/01/04 (18.2 yrs)
Hometown
Newark, NJ
High School
Montverde Academy
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
8
Size
8
Defense
8
Strength
9
Quickness
8
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
7
Potential
9
Passing
7
Intangibles
8

NBA Comparison: Tyler Herro

Strengths: 6’6 wing … Solid length with a 6’9 wingspan … Good athlete. Good elevation and body control around the rim. Quick first step … Good strength level and build. Plays physical and embraces contact. Can use either hand at the rim … Shooting range extends to the 3PT line and can hit shots off the dribble, screens, or step backs. Good release point and arc on shot … Averaged 16.5 points per game at 51% FG% over the Nike EYBL in 2021. Finished 3rd in scoring in the NIBC with 16.8 points per game in 2021-22 … Gets midrange pull-up off with ease, little space, and good balance. Good understanding and balance of when to look to score vs facilitate … Moves well off the ball … Unselfish and alert, does a solid job of finding the open teammate … Good tools and physicality as a defender. Aware off the ball and jumps passes. Stays in a stance and defends well on the ball. Solid shot blocker and defensive versatility for position … Even keeled demeanor and always under control … Carries himself well and has a professional approach … High floor … Younger for his class, will turn 18 in August of his freshman year of college …

Weaknesses: Can improve shooting and finishing consistency and efficiency in all areas. Tends to release his shot on the way down. Shot 68.4% FT% and 31.5% 3PT% on 4.9 attempts per game over the Nike EYBL in 2021. Shot 41% FG%, 32% 3PT% on 6.8 attempts per game, and 63% FT% in the NIBC in 2021-22. On the negative side of streaky shooting, he’s had games where his contribution was less than desired … Limited creativity and can expand his offensive game in the half-court. Reliant and settles for pull-ups, sometimes contested, and can work on getting to the rim more often … Solid passing ability but not too advanced. Ball-handling can improve as well, especially with his left hand …

Outlook: Duke commit … 2022 McDonald’s All-American MVP with 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3PT), 7 rebounds, and 7 assists … Played in the 2022 Jordan Brand Classic … Recorded 17 points (6-12 FG, 5-7 3PT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit … Helped Montverde to win the 2022 Geico Nationals with 14 points and 6 assists in the championship game … 2022 Naismith Prep Player of the Year … 2022 Florida Gatorade Player of the Year …

Evan Tomes 5/26/22

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