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Duke forward Dariq Whitehead recovering from foot surgery

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Montverde Academy's Dariq Whitehead (0) shoots during the second half of the GEICO Nationals quarterfinal between AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) and Montverde Academy (Fla.), Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.Montverde Academy defeated AZ Compass Prep 72-63.GEICO Nationals 2022: AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) vs. Montverde Academy (Fla.), March 31, 2022
Credit: Landon Bost/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY Network-Florida / USA TODAY NETWORK

Duke freshman Dariq Whitehead is recovering from surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture in his right foot.

The 6-foot-6 forward was the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2022 and is a projected top-10 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, per ESPN rankings.

Whitehead sustained the injury during a team workout Monday. He will begin rehab immediately and is expected to play this fall, according to a Duke press release.

“We are happy to share that Dariq underwent a successful procedure today, and is in the best care with our doctors and rehabilitation staff,” first-year Blue Devils coach Jon Scheyer said. “We’re confident he’ll be back on the court soon.”

Whitehead was the Naismith national prep player of the year last season at Florida’s Montverde Academy, where he averaged 17.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

Duke opens the post-Mike Krzyzewski era at home against Jacksonville on Nov. 7.

–Field Level Media