MENâ€™S BASKETBALL SIGNS GUARDS ANTOINE PROCTOR AND KENDELL GROOM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men’s basketball program announced its second and third signees of the 2010-11 recruiting class with the inking of Sheridan College combo guard Antoine Proctor and Hyde Leadership High School point guard Kendell Groom. Proctor will enroll as a junior at Sacramento State, and Groom as a freshman in the fall of 2010.
Both players join Buchanan High School’s Jackson Carbajal (inked during the early signing period) as the three players to sign with Sacramento State thus far.
Proctor, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound native of Washington, D.C., played the last two years at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyo. Last season, he helped lead the Generals to 27-7 record, a North Sub-Region 9 title and a spot in the Region 9 championship game. He played in 33 of the team’s 34 games and was a first team all-Region 9 selection after averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Proctor shot 44.2 percent (136-308) from the field, 35.5 percent (49-138) from beyond the three-point line and 77.6 percent from the free-throw line (97-125). He scored in double figures 23 times, including a season-high 26 points against Casper College.
As a freshman, Proctor helped the team to a 26-7 record where he averaged 9.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals despite averaging just 16.0 minutes per game. He shot 45.6 percent (111-243) from the field and 69.0 percent (69-100) from the free throw line.
Proctor prepped at Woodlawn High School in Gwynn Oak, Md., where he was a four-year member of the varsity squad and a two-time all-Baltimore County Conference selection. He was named the conference’s MVP as a senior after leading the team to a league title and regional championship appearance. That year, he averaged 18.0 points and 2.0 steals per game.
“Antoine is extremely athletic and powerful, and can play all three positions on the perimeter,” Sacramento State head coach Brian Katz said. “He can create his own shot off the dribble, and is an excellent defender who is always guarding the opponent’s best player.”
Groom, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound native of New Haven, Conn., was a four-year member of the varsity squad and three-year starting point guard at Hyde Leadership High School in Hamden, Conn. A three-time all-state selection (first team as a senior, honorable mention as a sophomore and junior) and two-time first team all-conference choice, he led the Howling Wolves to a state championship and their first undefeated season in school history (27-0) this past season. The team finished the year ranked third in the state while he averaged 14.1 points, 7.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game. In Hyde’s 70-58 win over Prince Tech in the 2010 state championship game, Groom had six points, 11 assists, five rebounds and five steals in 30 minutes.
As a junior, he averaged 13.5 points, 8.0 assists and 2.9 steals per game while leading the team to a state finals appearance. In fact, the Howling Wolves won either the league championship or a share of the league title each of his final three years.
Groom was also the starting quarterback and safety for Hyde’s football team and led the squad to a state championship and an 11-1 record this past season. Combined between his basketball and football exploits, Groom won two state titles and those teams combined for a 38-1 record during the academic year. He has been the team’s starting quarterback each of the last two years and was a first team all-conference selection each season.
“Kendell is a pure point guard who is long and athletic, and has a great ability to get to the basket,” Katz said. “Obviously, he is a proven winner, has a huge upside, and is exactly the type of high school point guard we have been searching for.”
||Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS
||New Haven, Conn./Hyde Leadership HS
||Washington, D.C./Sheridan JC