Duke basketball recruit Dariq Whitehead named Sports Illustrated Player of the Year

April 2nd Dariq Whitehead learned the true meaning of life’s peaks and valleys.

Earlier in the day, he received his fourth GEICO Nationals title and led Montverde (Fla.) Academy past Link Academy (Brandon, Mo.) 60-49.

The emotional climax was subdued later in the night as Duke fell to rival North Carolina in the Final Four. Whitehead committed to Duke last August and had high hopes that his future team would retire Mike Krzyzewski with his sixth national title.

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“It was a bad night,” Whitehead said. “It was really, knowing they beat us twice that season, and then it just added more because it was Coach K’s last season. It was definitely hard to see us take that loss. ”

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