Proctor Puts Off NBA Draft, Will Return To Duke Next Year


These days, college basketball coaches have to recruit their players every year. With professional options and the transfer portal always looming large, coaches must devote time to player retention, not just bringing new talent into the fold.

While Jon Scheyer’s first year may not have been viewed as a success to some, due to sky-high limitations, his recruiting capabilities as an assistant and now head coach at Duke have never been in question. To wit, guard Tyrese Proctor has announced his intentions stay at Duke University for the 2023-24 season. Despite projections in the middle to late first round in many mock drafts, Proctor has has decided to delay his professional career and continue playing for the Blue Devils.

Tyrese Proctor Returns To Duke

Without question, this is a positive development for Duke. The more continuity the team has going into year two for Coach Scheyer, the better. While the team struggled at times, they came on strong at the end of the year, and Proctor played a large role in the team’s improvement.

Proctor’s inaugural season had him end up as Duke’s third-leading scorer at 9.4 points per game. He also averaged 3.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Notably, he played in all 36 games, which was more than many of his teammates could say as Duke struggled with injuries all year. Proctor has NBA size, standing 6’5″ and slotting in at a guard position. His defensive prowess and playmaking make him an intriguing NBA prospect. Also, we should all remember that the young man is only 18 years old. Proctor actually reclassified to enroll a year early and play at Duke this season.

A big improvement in his numbers in the vaunted freshman-to-sophomore year leap could land the young man in the NBA lottery section of the first round in 2024. Duke will welcome another highly touted recruiting class, and expectations will once again be very high for the team. If Proctor stays healthy and can stand out on a team loaded with so much talent, his gamble could pay off to the tune of millions of dollars. Can Scheyer coach him up enough?

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