Posted On: 06/3/19 11:51 PM

Dariq Whitehead is one of the top rising sophomores in the state of Florida.

The 6-foot-5 Montverde Academy forward was one of 30 national prospects invited to the USA Basketball U16 tryouts at University School in Davie.

Whitehead would not end up making the final 12-man squad, but the talented forward is expected to have a breakout season in 2019-2020.

"My eighth grade year that was the year of R.J. Barrett and them, so I sat and kind of learned," said Whitehead, of Newark, N.J. "I learned a lot from them. So, my ninth grade year I played more. I didn’t get the minutes that I would believe, but I still took that year as a learning experience. He [head coach Kevin Boyle] said my 10th-grade year should be the year I start to play a lot and get things going."

Whitehead was one of five prospects with Florida connections at the USA tryouts.

He is an athletic, active wing that can get out and go. He showed the ability to score in bunches and Whitehead can pressure defensively.

"I always like to compete against the best of the best and I feel like here you’ve

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