Precise Proctor stars against Wake Forest
ONE OF Australia’s brightest basketball prospects appears to be finding his feet in the NCAA, with Tyrese Proctor producing a career-best night against Wake Forest earlier this month.
Suiting up for the biggest collegiate side in the nation – the Duke Blue Devils – Proctor has been solid since taking up the team’s point guard position. However, he took it to the next level early in February, delivering his best outing in a Duke uniform.
He has looked much more confident in his offensive capability, and with the NBA Draft edging closer and closer each day, he is only boosting his potential with each performance.
Against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Proctor had 17 points, which is the most he has ever recorded. It was the most capable he has looked scoring the rock since joining the Blue Devils, and if he can continue to produce at such a high level at the pointy end of the season, it will be huge for his draft potential.
He shot 6/11 from the field, chiming in for some crucial buckets in Duke’s one-point win and proving a reliable avenue to scoring, an area in which he has not exactly thrived to start the season.
His best work came from behind the arc, nailing three of his seven attempts from three-point territory. Proctor looked as certain as ever when shooting the ball from long range, often working well in one-two or dribble handoff situations. The opposition defence opted to give him some space and cover some of his more typically dangerous teammates, but the Aussie youngster made them pay.
Proctor also crashed the boards with plenty of success, pulling down five rebounds and helping secure some vital possessions in a close match. At 6ft 5in, he offers some height at the guard position, and used this to his advantage.
Remaining active on the defensive end, Proctor even chimed in for a steal and continues to showcase his multi-faceted arsenal of weapons. He is switched on defensively, and can hound and harass the ball handler with enough athleticism to stay in front.
It was far and away Proctor’s most confident and successful match in a Duke jersey, and capped off a gradual increase in form over the past month. His fundamentals have remained sound all season, but if he can continue to add offensive weapons to his game, it will boost his prospects as a player at the top level.