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Duke's Tyrese Proctor playing well for Australia's senior national team in FIBA Asia Cup – 247Sports

Though most of head coach Jon Scheyer’s 2022-23 roster has arrived on campus for summer workouts and classes, there’s still one more piece to add before the Blue Devil rotation is set and the full team is finally ready to go.
Recently reclassified combo guard Tyrese Proctor, the five star prospect from Australia’s NBA Global Academy, is still in the process of finalizing the paperwork needed to come to the United States for the upcoming year and beyond while also also currently competing for his country’s senior national team in the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup.
At just 18 years old, the future Duke guard is the youngest player on the Australia roster and the only non-professional. Even so, he’s helped the Boomers to three group stage wins and a spot in the event’s quarterfinal round where they’ll face the winner of Iran and the Philippines.
During wins over Jordan, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia, Proctor has come off the bench in each contest and played just under 20 minutes per game. In that time he’s averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while posting a cumulative +/- rating of +25.
Those averages are impressive enough for such a young player competing against professionals with more than a decade of extra experience, but they don’t tell the complete story. Proctor struggled in the tournament opener, missing five six shots against Jordan (including four of his five three pointers) to finish with only four points to go along with four rebounds and two assists in an 18 point victory.
Over the next two games against Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, however, Proctor began to find his footing and his production increased accordingly. In those final two games he shot a combined 10-of-21 from the floor and 6-of-12 from the perimeter while making 75 percent of his free throw attempts for 29 points (14.5 per game). He added a combined seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a combined 38 minutes in helping his team to back to back 24 and 25 point wins.
The last win, the 25 point blowout of Indonesia, Proctor and his team were able to withstand a strong performance from former Duke center Marques Bolden who posted a third straight double-double of the event with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Bolden, who left Duke after three seasons following the 2017-18 season, is now 24 and has played in both the NBA G-League and abroad while also logging a few games for the Cleveland Cavaliers on a 10 day contract. In this event the former Blue Devil has averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks per game while shooting .591 from the field and .833 from the charity stripe. He’s also connected on four of 10 from three point range.
Originally Proctor was part of Jon Scheyer’s top rated 2023 recruiting class, but after Duke experienced a tremendous exodus from the program following the 2022 season with only point guard Jeremy Roach returning from the rotation, an opportunity arose for reclassification.
“With the reclassifying option, we just had to sift through some different things, and through the conversations that went well with Coach Scheyer and Duke, a massive opportunity opened up there, so we were in touch with him and he was in touch with me and my family and just talking it through day by day,” Proctor told earlier this summer. “Then once Trevor (Keels) declared for the draft, things opened up some more, and it felt right for me to reclassify once I knew the opportunity was there.”
The FIBA Asia Cup runs through Sunday, July 24th. Proctor is expected to head to Durham in time for the Fall semester to begin.
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