Campbell basketball is headed to the CAA this season. In the new league, Anthony Dell’Orso could continue to blossom into a pro prospect.
Australia has built a reputation for churning out big guards, whether sending them to the NBA or the college ranks. Dante Exum was a draftee in that mold, followed quickly by Josh Giddey and Dyson Daniels. Meanwhile, Taran Armstrong made waves at California Baptist in 2022 when he finished fourth in the country in assist rate as a freshman. Charleston’s Reyne Smith is a proven scoring guard from down under, while Max Mackinnon took home CAA Rookie of the Year honors last season.
Heading into 2023-24, the Aussie earning the most attention is Duke’s Tyrese Proctor. The former five-star recruit improved throughout his freshman season with the Blue Devils and looks like a prospective lottery pick next summer. Proctor isn’t the only Australian native poised for a breakout, though.
Campbell’s Anthony Dell’Orso followed a similar pattern as Proctor last season, starting a bit slowly before taking a star turn over the last month of the campaign:
Dell’Orso plays in an internationally friendly system and will have more eyes on him this season as Campbell moves to the CAA. He is not in the same league as Proctor when it comes to draft potential, but he is a long-term piece to watch when it comes to future professionals.
“At 6-6 with the ball-handling, playmaking and everything, [Dell’Orso] is unique,” Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan told The Almanac.
“He’s a dude.”
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