Three minutes into the second half of the Duke basketball team’s road battle against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Monday night, Blue Devils freshman Darik Whitehead apparently injured his left ankle when he landed awkwardly while chasing a loose ball.
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The 6-foot-7-inch, 220-pound forward limped off the court, but a few minutes later, two teammates helped him off the court into the locker room, putting pressure on his legs. I never called.
Shortly before the under-12 timeout, an ESPN broadcast reported that Whitehead suffered a lower extremity injury that put his return in doubt.
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When he went down, the Blue Devils were trailing by five, 50-45.
Although expected 1-1, Whitehead averaged only 8.3 points per game entering the contest, but was on an impressive total points pace against the Hokies. He scored 10 points in 17 minutes while shooting 4-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 over the arc.
Darik Whitehead has already missed four Duke basketball games this season. He did not play in his first three games due to breaking his right leg in late August. He then missed his 81-70 road his loss against Blue His Devils against Wake His Forest His Demons His Deacons on December 20 due to a non-COVID illness.
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