Getting absurd: Duke basketball reels in another premier recruit

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Yes, the Duke basketball program is as hot as ever on the recruiting trail.

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer has overseen recruiting in Durham since June. Entering this week, he had already locked up the No. 1 class on the 247Sports 2022 Team Rankings while also rising to the top spot in 2023. The Blue Devils had landed nine commitments between those two cycles, including six of the five-star variety.

Now, make that number of recruiting prizes under Scheyer’s command an even 10 — in less than a year.

NBA Global Academy (Australia) sensation Tyrese Proctor added his name to that list of future Duke players by announcing his commitment to Scheyer & Co. on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound slick point guard, who ranks No. 26 among all high school juniors in the eyes of On3, chose the Blue Devils over two other finalists in Arizona and the NBA G League’s Ignite team.

Chance of an early start to Tyrese Proctor’s Duke basketball career?

Tyrese Proctor turned 18 last week after graduating in December. Those nuggets, plus the fact Duke already boasts a 2023 point guard in Oak Hill (Va.) five-star Caleb Foster, make one wonder if he will reclass to 2022.

But Proctor has insisted in recent interviews that he will stay put; Foster, on the other hand, still hasn’t ruled out the move up a grade to arrive at Duke this summer.

The four-deep 2023 Blue Devil haul now consists of Proctor and Foster plus Centennial (Calif.) five-star shooting guard Jared McCain and Windermere (Fla.) four-star power forward Sean Stewart.

Meanwhile, Duke fans await the 9 p.m. ET Friday announcement of Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) five-star small forward Mackenzie Mgbako, who ranks No. 3 overall on the 247Sports 2023 Composite and whose Crystal Ball points to even more good news ahead for the Blue Devils.

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