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Two new Duke basketball players miss important practice time

Cohesion might be hard to come by for the 2022-23 Duke basketball team, especially early on. On that note, even relatively minor disruptions to that end during the offseason are a disappointment.

Jeremy Roach and Jaylen Blakes are the only two scholarship players to return from the 2021-22 roster. And of that pair, only Roach was in the regular rotation last season.

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Also, if anyone has forgotten, this marks Duke’s first season since 1980-81 with a new head coach to start the campaign.

With so many new faces and new roles to mix and match, most of the Blue Devils were in town this summer enjoying the opportunity to train and compete together while attending lessons in Durham.

However, two newcomers who are immediately in the equation – possibly in contention for the starting double-spot – have been partially or entirely unable to participate with the Blue Devils.

As Duke freshman basketball head coach Jon Scheyer alluded to in a video tweeted from the program’s official account on Saturday, the transfer of graduates Jacob Grandison and freshman Tyrese Overseer had different reasons for missing the action on the pitch:

“We’re still waiting to get our whole group together. Jacob Grandison is still working his way back from his injury. Tyrese Proctor. We need to get Tyrese here on campus. And really, we’re going to go and run in the But our guys have been working unbelievably hard… We’re in better shape. We felt each other.

Scheyer went on to highlight the difficult task ahead while praising the team for improving anyway:

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“There’s a lot of new stuff. And for us, the challenge is to get to know each other in the best way possible, and we’ve really taken big steps to achieve that…Before we knew it, the games will be there. So I’m proud of this group. It’s been a pleasure to work with them every day, but we also have a lot of work to do in the meantime.”

Time to work on Duke basketball newbies Jacob Grandison and Tyrese Proctor

Jon Scheyer did not specify the nature of Jacob Grandison’s injury. It’s worth mentioning, though, that there are several shots in the scrimmage videos showing the versatile 24-year-old veteran – a 6ft 6in wing who transferred from Illinois – at least standing and walking around on the key.

Meanwhile, Tyrese Proctor’s absence has nothing to do with injury and everything to do with, essentially, his Australian duties.

The 6ft 5in guard, who waited until June to decide on his upgrade from the 2023 class to 2022, spent the first part of his summer as the only non-professional in the Australian senior national team at the Cup. FIBA Asia 2022. Now he is a member of the Basketball Australia Center of Excellence team.

Proctor’s Sunday highlights below, not to mention many before them this summer, suggest he’s managed to remain a well-oiled basket weaver:

There’s no reason to believe Tyrese Proctor won’t be in Durham by the time fall classes begin on August 29.

The final exams for the second session of the summer courses are in the books. For now, the Blue Devils have dispersed before returning to campus in a few weeks.

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Although preseason practices don’t officially begin until October, Duke basketball players will have plenty of opportunities to play together, hoping to start gelling as a 100% complete unit this time around.

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