ACC News and Notes: Tyrese Proctor Returns, Caleb Love Departs, Virginia Transfer News
PITTSBURGH – Movement continues to be prevalent in the ACC as transfer news continues to flood headlines leading up to the Final Four in Houston, Texas. In the past day, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia have been heavily affected by player decisions.
Tyrese Proctor Returning to Duke
In an era of player movement, high-level freshmen declaring for the draft, and constant roster shuffling, the Duke Blue Devils will retain a talented familiar face for the 2023-24 season. Point guard and potential NBA lottery pick Tyrese Proctor will return to Duke for his sophomore season, according to ESPN. The 6-foot-5 guard from Sydney, Australia averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 36 games (34 starts) for first-year head coach Jon Scheyer.
Unfinished Business. Let’s run it back 5 😈 pic.twitter.com/ldNkNDVUhC
— Tyrese Proctor (@TyreseProctor) March 27, 2023
He was projected as the No. 30 overall draft prospect by ESPN after shooting 38% from the floor and 32% from three. Proctor told ESPN the decision is best for his career now and into the future, owning “the same vision” and “unfinished business” with Scheyer and Duke.
UNC Guard Caleb Love Enters Transfer Portal
While Armando Bacot and RJ Davis are set to return to North Carolina following a disappointing season in almost every sense after being ranked the preseason No. 1 team in the country, Caleb Love will not be joining the redemption team. Love announced Monday his intention to enter the transfer portal.
“I’ve taken some time with my family to reevaluate what’s best for me to continue to grow as a player and I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal to continue my journey,” Love said on Twitter. “Thank you, UNC family and community, for embracing a kid from St. Louis. I will love you all forever.”
The 6-foot-4 junior guard averaged a career-high 16.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and surpassed the 1,000-point mark. Love averaged 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 101 career games (96 starts) for the Heels. He delivered one of the most memorable shots in UNC history against Duke in the Final Four last season, sending Mike Krzyzewski into retirement. Love has two years of eligibility remaining.
Three-star center Will Shaver is also entering the portal. Shaver played only six minutes spanning three games, making two free throws during his freshman year at North Carolina. He broke a bone in his foot before the calendar flipped to 2023 which held him out the remainder of the season. North Carolina finished the year in the last four out of the NCAA Tournament at 20-13 overall and 11-9 in ACC play.
Virginia’s Shedrick, Traudt Enter Portal
Two players are potentially set to depart the Virginia Cavaliers after hitting the transfer portal. Redshirt junior Kadin Shedrick and freshman Isaac Traudt have both put their names into consideration to play elsewhere.
Shedrick started 15 of 30 games, averaging 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for head coach Tony Bennett. His block average placed fifth in the ACC. He also shot 64.7% from the field and scored 10 points against Pitt on Jan. 3.
A 6-foot-10 former four-star recruit, Troudt redshirted the 2022-23 season and did not suit up in any of Virginia’s 33 games. The Cavaliers lost to Furman in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, being knocked out in the first round for the second time in the last three seasons. Virginia did not qualify for the tournament last year.