Proctor powers Duke past La Salle in career-best outing

AUSTRALIA’S best prospect for next year’s 2024 NBA Draft delivered his best performance at NCAAM level, as Tyrese Proctor steered the Duke Blue Devils to a dominant 29-point win over La Salle.

Coming into his sophomore season, Proctor had already established himself as one of the most exciting talents in college basketball, cementing himself as the starting point guard for arguably the best program in the nation. The Sydney native was coming into his final campaign at NCAAM level, and with the draft race wide open, had the opportunity to climb the rankings with another standout campaign.

Early in the season, Proctor had continued the solid body of work that had generated buzz previously, but was yet to take things to the next level. NBA scouts often look for prospects to make consistent progress to showcase the ability to jump to the top level, and Proctor had not quite delivered that standout showing over the first five games. However, that all changed on Tuesday, when the guard was the maestro in a massive win for the Blue Devils.

He posted career-best numbers on the offensive end and helped Duke to a winning score to claim a 95-66 triumph at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke Blue Devils (95) def. La Salle Explorers (66)

Tyrese Proctor – 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists

Proctor was the man of the hour in Duke’s big win, putting up the best numbers of his college journey to date, and undoubtedly making NBA scouts take notice in a big way.

He was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points, and looking as confident as ever in his own offensive game across all four quarters. He also added seven rebounds and four assists to his scoring efforts, contributing in some of the game’s most important areas.

Proctor nailed Duke’s first basket of the game with a smooth turnaround jumper, sparking the beginning of an excellent night from an offensive output standpoint. There is no doubt his jumpshot continues to improve as time goes on, and his ability to knock down shots like that early in the game are an indicator of his growth in this area.

There was a five-minute stretch where Proctor single-handedly carried Duke’s offence when his teammates began to cool off from the field. It started with a pull-up jump shot from the free throw line, before he knocked down back to back three-pointers and a nice finish at the rim with a lay-up. He was the only one able to consistently knock down shots and helped Duke close out the period in style.

It was the kind of performance that foreshadowed Proctor’s potential to be more than a key piece in Duke’s lineup. If he can continue to deliver this sort of three-level scoring on a consistent basis, it will certainly elevate the Aussie into superstar potential.

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