Proctor Academy Profile | Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Without Jerome Dyson, Proctor Academy might be missing a big national name, but in 7’1 center Phil Wait they do have a big man to build their team around. Wait is the anchor for a Proctor team that is trying to return to the Class B title game after their heartbreaking loss to St. Andrew’s last year. The senior big man’s biggest attribute is a very soft scoring touch with his back to the basket both with his jump hook and turn-around jumper. He has already received scholarship offers from some Atlantic Ten programs but hasn’t taken any visits yet and plans to wait until later in the year before making any decisions on his future.

And while Wait will undoubtedly be the focal point of many opposing coach’s game plans it may be the return of 6’2 senior guard Anthony Fortes, after missing all of last season with a badly broken arm, which will have the biggest impact on the team’s success this year. Fortes split time this summer between the Rhode Island Hawks and Connecticut Nike Elite and finished the season with a very impressive showing at the New England Elite 75 Showcase. The lefty combo-guard is a good shooter from behind the three-point line as well as off the dribble, has a terrific body, and demonstrates good decision making ability. To our surprise he has yet to receive a division one scholarship offer but that will definitely change soon.

The rest of the starting line-up will include 6’6 senior forward Christian Yemga, 6’2 senior shooting guard Carlos Bryant, and 5’9 junior point guard James Cormier, all three of whom are hoping to play their way onto the division I level. Yemga is a versatile forward who can score in a variety of ways and is also a terrific passer, especially in the open floor. Bryant is an incredible athlete with a work-ethic and toughness that any college coach would love. Cormier, who transferred in from Trumbull High School in Connecticut, is the lone underclassmen in the starting five and will be asked to run the show for Coach Gregor Makechnie.

The first man off the bench looks to be Matt Williams, a 6’7 sophomore forward who is a very good rebounder with a developing perimeter game. With 6’1 senior guard Isiah Moore a question mark due to an injury sustained during football season the depth in the backcourt will be supplied to two youngsters in 5’11 sophomore Nick Aiken and 5’9 freshman Orlando Aponte.

Proctor will again take on all comers competing in a Class A type schedule in order to prepare themselves for another chance at the NEPSAC Class B Championship.