Updated: Jun 10
The Duke Blue Devils are known for being a one-and-done school. They get a handful of the top freshmen every year, and most of them will declare for the NBA Draft.
Duke’s star freshman guard Tyrese Proctor made a huge decision Monday morning. Proctor announced he would return to Duke for his sophomore season.
BREAKING with @wojespn: Duke point guard Tyrese Proctor – a potential 2024 NBA Draft lottery pick – will return to the Blue Devils for his sophomore season, he told ESPN. "We have unfinished business," Proctor says. STORY: https://t.co/yDuV3KCNc9 — Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) March 27, 2023
According to 247sports.com Proctor was the 27th-best player in the 2022 class. Usually, a player ranked that high says goodbye to college after one season, but Proctor has other plans.
Duke Gets A Star Back
Proctor started 34 games and averaged 9.4 points and 3.3 assists. There is a good chance that other players like Kyle Filipowski, Dereck Lively, and Dariq Whitehead will all head to the NBA. College basketball lately has been all about upperclassmen and transfers and even though Proctor is only a sophomore he will be one of the veterans on next year’s Duke team.
As of right now, Duke has five players committed to them in the 2023 ESPN 100 so there will be a handful of true freshmen playing for the Blue Devils.
Proctor Made The Right Move
Proctor going back to Duke is a great thing. He was not ready to make a run in the NBA, and instead of risking it he will learn and progress another year in college.
Many players declare for the NBA way too early, and they end up going overseas to play in about a year. I’m glad Proctor decided not to go down that route.
You can only play college basketball once in your life, and you can never get it back when you leave. Why would you want to leave one of the most historic college basketball programs ever?