Duke’s Tyrese Proctor playing well for Australia’s senior national team in FIBA ​​Asia Cup

Although most of head coach Jon Scheyer’s 2022-23 roster has arrived on campus for practices and summer school, there’s still one more piece to add before the Blue Devil rotation is complete. fixed and that the complete team is finally ready to leave.

Recently reclassified Combined Guard Tyrese Overseerthe five-star NBA Global Academy prospect from Australia, is still finalizing the necessary paperwork to come to the United States for the coming year and beyond, while also competing for the senior national team of his country at the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2022. .

At just 18 years old, the future guard of Duke is the youngest player of the Australian formation and the only non-professional. Still, he helped the Boomers to three group stage wins and a place in the quarter-finals of the event where they will face winners Iran and the Philippines.

In wins over Jordan, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, Proctor came off the bench in every game and played just under 20 minutes per game. During that span, he averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while posting a +25 cumulative rating.

These averages are impressive enough for such a young player competing against professionals with over a decade of added experience, but they don’t tell the whole story. Proctor struggled in the tournament opener, missing five six shots off Jordan (including four of his five three-pointers) to finish with just four points to go along with four rebounds and two assists in an 18-point win.

In the next two games against Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, however, Proctor began to find his footing and his production increased accordingly. In those past two games, he’s 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 seven combined rebounds, three assists and three steals in a combined 38 minutes to help his team to 24 and 25 straight points.

The latest win, Indonesia’s 25-point blowout, Proctor and his team were able to withstand a strong performance from the former Duke center Branded Bolden who posted a third consecutive 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 overseas while saving a few games for the Cleveland Cavaliers on a contract. 10 days. In that event, the former Blue Devil averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks per game while shooting .591 from the field and .833 from the charity strip. He’s also connected on four of 10 from three-pointers.

Originally, Proctor was part of Jon Scheyer’s top-rated 2023 recruiting class, but after Duke experienced a huge exodus from the program after the 2022 season with just the point guard. Jeremy Roach back from the rotation, an opportunity for reclassification presented itself.

“With the reclassification option, we just had to sift through different things, and through the conversations that went well with Coach Scheyer and Duke, a huge opportunity opened up there, so we were in touch with him and he was in touch with me and my family and talking about it day in and day out,” Proctor told TheDevilsDen.com earlier this summer. “Then once Trevor (Keels) declared for the draft, things opened up a bit more, and it just felt right to move up once I knew the opportunity was there. “

The FIBA ​​Asia Cup runs until Sunday, July 24. Proctor is expected to travel to Durham in time for the start of the fall semester.

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