Duke Commit Tyrese Proctor, 5-Star PG, Reclassifies to Class of 2022

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 3, 2022

PORTLAND, OREGON - APRIL 08: Tyrese Proctor #3 of World Team dribbles against Anthony Black #12 of USA Team in the third quarter during the Nike Hoop Summit at Moda Center on April 08, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Tyrese Proctor, a 5-star point guard heading to Duke, announced on Instagram and Twitter Thursday that he is reclassifying to the class of 2022.

Tyrese Proctor 🚶🏾‍♂️ @TyreseProctor

It’s Official 😈💙 <a href="https://twitter.com/DukeMBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DukeMBB</a> <a href="https://t.co/8utqFbm7am">pic.twitter.com/8utqFbm7am</a>

He joins the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, per 247Sports' composite rankings, giving Duke five incoming 5-star recruits in the class of 2022, including Dereck Lively II, Dariq Whitehead, Kyle Filipowski and Mark Mitchell.

Proctor was considered the No. 17 overall player in the class of 2023, the No. 4 point guard and the No. 1 player from Australia. It's unclear where he'll land in the class of 2022 rankings after his reclassification, but he should have an immediate impact for the Blue Devils.

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

The biggest concern I had for Duke next season was floor-spacing and perimeter shooting -- and Tyrese Proctor will really help in that area. Shot 43.8% from 3 in nine games with the NBA Global Academy in 2021, 37% in eight games with New South Wales U20 in 2022. <a href="https://t.co/NwILepA7Sm">https://t.co/NwILepA7Sm</a>

Duke's 2023 class remains incredibly strong, with three 5-star recruits (power forwards Mackenzie Mgbako and Sean Stewart and point guard Caleb Foster) incoming. All three are top-20 prospects.

Proctor won't be able to report to Duke's campus immediately, however, with The Athletic's Brendan Marks reporting that the process to get him the proper paperwork and visas is "ongoing, sources say, and there is no defined date for when it will be resolved."

That means he won't "arrive on campus this month with the rest of the Blue Devils’ top-ranked freshman class, but he will be in Durham by summer’s end—and, most importantly, eligible to play the 2022-23 season."

New head coach Jon Scheyer said in a statement that he and Proctor's family have been having discussions for weeks, ostensibly about a reclassification.

"Tyrese has a special feel for the game with great scoring instincts who will add to the versatility, competitiveness, and high character of this team," he added. "He is such an advanced player with an international basketball resume that includes his NBA Global Academy experience who is more than ready to take on this opportunity right now."

Alongside a loaded class of 2022, the Blue Devils have added transfers Kale Catchings and Ryan Young, while Jeremy Roach, Jaylen Blakes and Joey Baker will return from last year's Final Four team.

The Blue Devils are shaping up to be a problem next season.