Tyrese Proctor is in demand and its no wonder considering the talent of the 18-year-old currently at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra.
Tyrese has fielded offers from the Universities of Duke, Oklahoma, Louisville, Saint Mary’s UCSB, Arizona, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Tyrese is one of hundreds of Australian basketballers currently being sought out by some of the best colleges in the US.
18-year-old 6-5 Australian guard Tyrese Proctor getting shots up at last night’s Nike Hoop Summit World Team practice. The NBA Global Academy PG has an impressive combination of size, feel, shooting touch and toughness. Plays a mature game for his age. pic.twitter.com/4XqjJYo1o6
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It’s no surprise to Darren Smith CEO Basketball Pathways who navigates the tricky process to US College scholarships for Australian families every day. Australia currently have over 400 basketball scholarship holders in the US, no mean feat considering the global level of competition.
Darren explains that Australia is on the radar of US colleges as never before with the exceptional crop of Australian NBA and WNBA imports making their mark on the game.
“We talk to the colleges daily, we know what they are looking for and we send information on athletes over to them based on their requirements. Australia’s reputation on the global stage for exceptional talent is well known by the colleges and we have been a happy hunting ground for them and will continue to be. I can’t see the demand for quality Australian athletes diminishing any time soon.”
The U18 Championships in Ballarat, will be one of the busiest times for Darren and his team, capturing the footage he needs, assessing the talent that he knows the colleges are looking for and talking with families about their options.
“Each of the games are filmed so we can cut up the footage and prepare highlights packages on individual players. The championships have an incredible alumni of kids who have gone onto college including Patty Mills, Aaron Baynes, Kristy Wallace and Alanna Smith, and we are very confident about what we are seeing coming through the pathways” said Darren.