Duke basketball freshman Tyrese Proctor seemed proud of his first collegiate double-double, which the 6-foot-5, 175-pound combo guard posted via a career-high 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Duke Blue Devils' 92-58 win over the visiting Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (1-2, 0-0 CAA) on Friday night.
At the same time, though, Proctor sounded impressively humble afterward, although his ear-to-ear grin was on full display.
"It was great," Proctor said to the media about his rebounding total in the victory. "My big men were boxing out; I'm just getting their scraps. They've been great all year, and it's going to be a huge thing for us moving forward."
And in the following locker-room celebration video that the Duke basketball program's official account tweeted, the Australian sensation wasted no time in inviting the team's first-year double-double machine into the conversation, signifying the solidarity among the young Blue Devils.
As one can see, freshman wing Dariq Whitehead interviewed Tyrese Proctor. But Proctor refused to discuss his double-double without calling over big man Kyle Filipowski, who set a program record with three straight double-doubles to begin his career yet came up two boards shy on Friday while scoring a game-high 18 points.
Then Filipowski took the mic to praise the college debut of his longtime buddy, Whitehead, who finished with six points, two rebounds, and two steals in his 15 minutes on the floor after recovering from a fractured right foot.
"It was awesome," Kyle Filipowski, who hails from New York, told reporters minutes later about New Jersey native Dariq Whitehead's first game as a Blue Devil. "I've known Dariq and been playing with him since fourth grade. So just being able to play with him again, seeing him do what he does best, it might not have been the best performance, but he's getting there. And it's great to see him back on the court."
Yes, these Blue Devils (3-1, 0-0 ACC) genuinely appear to like one another — a good sign.
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