Northeastern's Proctor ready to become a Viking
By Malcolm Shields
Saturday, June 9, 2018
The pull of home was too much for Breanna Proctor to ignore.
Among family, friends and coaches, Proctor held a signing ceremony at Northeastern High School on Friday afternoon for her commitment to Elizabeth City State.
Proctor, a four-year member of the Northeastern girls basketball team, will continue her basketball career with the hometown Lady Vikings.
“It's a big step,” Proctor said. “I'm glad I chose ECSU so all of my family and friends can come see me.”
Proctor also had interest from NCAA Division I programs Norfolk State and North Carolina Central.
Northeastern coach Pat Thornton has known Proctor since Proctor was a little girl entering middle school.
“As a coach, it always makes you proud when your players go to the next level,” she said. “Bree has untapped potential that she hasn't even realized. If they can get that out of her, they've got a player.”
Proctor added that she will get the opportunity to play with her former teammate at Northeastern in Aleah McNeal.
McNeal played the previous two seasons as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Christian women's basketball team.
The process of McNeal heading cross town to NCAA Division II ECSU was months in the making.
Proctor and McNeal were a scoring combination for the Lady Eagles.
Proctor added that McNeal's movement to ECSU also was a factor for her to select the Lady Vikings.
“I'm excited to be back with her,” Proctor said.
Thornton noted that it gives her pride to see her former players on the floor at ECSU.
That includes former players Jasmine Nixon and Corvonne Griffin in recent years.
Thornton acknowledged that having McNeal at ECSU will help Proctor transition to the college level.
“They are great for each other,” Thornton said.
Proctor added that she is looking forward to playing under ECSU women's basketball coach Antonio Davis.
“He's a great man and a great coach,” Proctor said.
Proctor, listed at 6-foot 0, was a two-time Associated Press North Carolina All-State selection for girls basketball.
The forward-center averaged a double-double, at least 10 points and 10 rebounds per game during her career at NHS.
Proctor was also named the Northeastern Coastal Conference co-conference player of the year with Pasquotank's Amaya Simpson this past winter.
Proctor averaged 18.9 points and 16 rebounds per game during her senior season with the Lady Eagles.
Proctor noted that what stood out to her about being at NHS was securing 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her prep career.
“It was a big accomplishment,” she said.
According to Thornton, Proctor owns the NHS girls basketball record for rebounds and is in the top five all-time in career points.
Thornton noted that Proctor is at the top with anybody that has come through the program while she has been coach at NHS.