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Tyrese Proctor eyes more Boomers minutes ahead of Duke move

Still just 18 years old, you could forgive Tyrese Proctor for feeling a little intimidated as he walked into Boomers camp ahead of last week's FIBA World Cup Qualifying window.

Playing under legendary head coach Brian Goorjian for the first time and battling in scrimmages at the same position as Matthew Dellavedova, Proctor didn't shy away from those practice court battles, instead leaning into what was a valuable learning experience for the highly rated prospect.

"I tried to take away as much as I could. Being one of the youngest guys, I didn't know what to expect," Proctor told ESPN.

"I tried to go in open minded and just try to learn as much as I could through the week, just bouncing off guys like Delly and Mitch McCarron. Those guys play in my position, I took a lot away from them. It really helped me get to the position I am heading into this tournament.

"I didn't really find it intimidating or stressful which I think was because of the environment there. They want you to ask questions if you aren't sure and just play freely, that was the big thing. It's just basketball at the end of the day, it's not always about x's and o's so I think that helped me a lot and I was just excited."

Proctor saw a few minutes in the final game against China, moving onto the active roster as an injury replacement. He's now with the Boomers in Indonesia, with the FIBA Asia Cup tipping off on Tuesday night. Dellavedova is currently in the US for NBA workouts, leaving Proctor hopeful a few minutes could eventuate throughout the tournament.

"My goal is just to come in and do my part. We've been training as a team, and I've been better learning the system. I just want to come in and find guys when they are open, attack myself and just play freely, that's the big message. I'm really excited to hopefully get some more minutes and impact the team in a winning sense."

The 6'5" guard is yet another product of the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, with the five-star prospect hoping to follow in the footsteps of Josh Giddey and Dyson Daniels en route to the big league.

"Me and Dys are pretty close, we were at the academy together and were roommates pretty much the entire time for about two years, so I keep in contact with him a lot. If I have any questions, he's always saying to let him know, we're close boys. We don't talk too much basketball but it's the same for him, if he needs anything we stay in contact with each other."

Unlike Giddey and Daniels, Proctor is taking the more traditional college route, committing to powerhouse Duke for the upcoming season.

"I had the NBL Next Stars and the G League and some other colleges but to be honest, it just felt like the right thing for me," Proctor explained of his decision to play for Duke.

"Going onto campus and taking a visit at Duke, the community, the environment, it was really professional. I just felt like it was the best fit for me on and off the court, my family really enjoyed it and it felt kind of like a home away from home. Being far from home will be a big move but it felt right.

"When I was on the visit, they played Wake Forrest and won at the buzzer, even just seeing that gave me chills and I just can't wait to play my first game with them."

Fellow Boomer Jack White will be keenly following the progress of Proctor, with the Melbourne United star spending four years at the school before turning pro.

"That was my first-time meeting Jack and we've built a relationship now," Proctor said. "He's a great guy, I really enjoyed training and being around him throughout the last week. I took a lot away from him, he's a great talker on the court and he always would tell me little things he was seeing, it was really helpful."

Proctor will head to Duke in August to prepare for the upcoming college season, with his eyes currently locked on playing a part in helping Australia take home the Asia Cup this week in an experience he believes will help his development curve.

"I thought I did well, I thought I hung in there. These are pros, the bodies are a lot bigger than mine at the moment but I'm working on that, and I thought I did well handle the contact and just trying to use the other aspects of the game that can help with that."

"Guys would give you feedback on the run. If you make a mistake guys will connect with you and just, try and help you. I've never really played alongside that, so I thought it was really cool and it helped me a lot."

The Boomers tip off their FIBA Asia Cup campaign on Tuesday night against Jordan at 6:00pm - Watch live on ESPN and Kayo