Nearly every top prospect will be thoroughly investigated and thoroughly scrutinized by experts and fans in the run-up to the 2023 NBADraft.
Dariq Whitehead, who could be selected in the lottery, could be in trouble as a result because of Adrian Wojnarowski’s most recent revelation.
Despite being anticipated to be ready for the start of the season, Woj reports that the Duke freshman will need to have a second surgery on his damaged foot, which could reduce his chances of finishing in the top 10 as predicted.
Whitehead, who underwent a procedure on the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot in August, recently met with several foot specialists to determine that a second procedure is necessary to properly repair the injury, his agents at @excelsm tell ESPN. https://t.co/m2t3JH8qP0
Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 5, 2023
Whitehead had surgery to replace his right fifth metatarsal bone, and now, according to multiple foot surgeons, he need additional surgery.
As of right now, Whitehead is predicted by ESPN’s experts to be the No. 24 pick.
He excelled at Florida’s Montverde Academy before becoming a McDonald’s All-American and committing to Duke as a player who was regarded as one of the nation’s top ten.
The Newark native played in 28 games with the Blue Devils, averaging 8.3 points in 20.7 minutes per contest and shooting 43% from outside the arc.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound young forward has exceptional athleticism and looks to be a reliable combo/forward who can stretch the floor at the next level.
He has not yet turned 19 and is anticipated to be in good health for the forthcoming NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, where he will visit with all teams, next month.
He should regain his full strength as quickly as possible.