Prep Tour: Proctor Academy

Proctor Academy was Jerome Dyson and a few other little guys running up and down the court a year ago. Now, with the addition of Phil Wait and Elijah Whitehead, these guys may be able to compete with just about anyone.

A year ago, Proctor Academy (N.H.) coach Gregor Makechnie had little choice but to get up and down the court and run. He had Jerome Dyson, a couple of other quality guards and no size.

Enter Phil Wait.

The 7-foot junior from England is a mystery to this point due to injuries suffered on the soccer field, but one thing is for certain: He'll take up plenty of space and help control the paint.

``He may be the best-kept secret on the east coast," Makechnie said. "He is a legitimate 7-footer, has a solid frame, runs well and also passes the ball. He really has a chance to be a force."

While virtually no one has seen Wait, Makechnie said the big man has already received some interest from the likes of Virginia Tech, Davidson and Georgetown.

While Wait might just be the missing ingredient, there's no questioning that Jerome Dyson will the primary factor that will determine how far Proctor goes this year.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard, who is an explosive scorer who consistently put up 30 or more points as a junior, will make the transition to the point before he gets to UConn a year from now.

``We'll move him off the point from time to time, but UConn wants him at the point so it's only fair to him that we continue to prepare him for that," Makechnie said.

Rhode Island natives Carlos Bryant and Anthony Fortes, both 6-foot-3 guards, return for their junior campaigns. Bryant is physical and athletic while Fortes is a solid backcourt guy who can knock down shots and also make good decisions.

Waite isn't the only key newcomer to the group. Former Rice High (N.Y.) athletic wing Elijah Whitehead, a 6-foot-6 180-pound New York native, has opted for the prep route – and he'll re-do his junior season this year at Proctor.

``I heard his jump shot was inconsistent, but he's shot it extremely well over the last few weeks," Makechnie said.

The biggest difference, along with the added size, is that Proctor will have some depth this year. Jack Minister is a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard from England who can shoot the ball from the perimeter and Christian Yemga is a 6-foot-6 forward who came over via Cameroon who is long and, along with Minister, could challenge for a starting spot. New Hampshire native Scott Robator (6-3) will see some minutes as a backup guard.

``I think we had the talent to play against most of the New England prep schools, but in the past we didn't have the depth," Makechnie said. "We've been undermanned the last couple of years, but our guys have played hard. Now I think we have the talent and depth to compete against most of the New England prep schools."

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