Proctor’s boys’ varsity basketball players Joel Villa (Bronx, NY), Jacob Lloyd (Colchester, UK), Christian Iozza (Concord, NH), and Greg Breen (Winchester, MA) will all compete at the collegiate level next fall, while girls'basketball standout, Morgan Church (New London, NH) has also committed to play at the next level.
Morgan Church (New London, NH) has committed to play at Lasell College in Newton, MA. After transferring from Kearsarge Regional High School in nearby Sutton, NH, Church led Proctor’s girls’ basketball team to back-to-back NEPSAC tournament appearances during her junior and senior seasons. Church notes, “I am extremely excited to be attending Lasell in the fall as well as joining their basketball program. Coach Flaherty is energetic and passionate. Lasell is definitely a growing program and has improved significantly during Coach Flaherty’s three years there.” As her coaches at Proctor, Liz McNamara and Lindsay Brown, echo, Church has all the right tools, both tangible and intangible, to establish herself as a critical member of the Lasell Women’s Basketball team. Church adds, “I’m excited to be a part of the team’s continued growth and while I do not yet know what my role will be, I believe I have the potential to play a very big part in the future success of the team. Being new to the program, I know it will take time for me to emerge as a leader, but I really do think I can bring a leadership presence to the play on the court, as every point guard should, which is what I plan to do for this team down the road.
A three year starter for the Hornets boys' basketball team, Joel Villa (top)emerged into Proctor’s leading score and team leader during his senior year. An quick, strong point guard with a lethal offensive arsenal, Villa will play for Endicott College of the Commonwealth Coast Conference next season. Proctor coaches Gregor Makechnie and Scott Allenby have seen Villa grow tremendously as a player over the past three seasons and are excited to see his continued maturation at Endicott. Villa notes, “Playing for Coach Rowe is going to be exciting, but will also be a learning experience. I feel I am capable of contributing right away, but know that I am going to have to prove myself on the defensive end of the court. I have worked hard to get stronger this spring and will continue to do so over the summer in anticipation of next year.”
Fellow three-year player at Proctor, Christian Iozza, has committed to play for the Seton Hill University Griffins next season. Iozza, a 6’3” combo guard with a diverse skill set, brought cerebral play to the Hornets’ backcourt during his three seasons at Proctor. Iozza is excited for the opportunity to play for Seton Hill, noting, “I have an opportunity coming in as a freshman to play some minutes and be a scoring option with my shot and athleticism. With my size I can guard multiple positions, and play multiple positions on the offensive end of the court. My hope is to play wherever Coach Morocco needs me and to help make my teammates better on both ends of the floor.”
Post-graduate Jacob Lloyd made a significant impact on both the soccer field and basketball court for the Hornets this season. After deliberating playing both sports at a variety of American universities next season, Lloyd has decided to return to the UK to play for the University of Essex in Colchester, Essex. Anyone who had the pleasure of watching Lloyd play this season knows he is a fierce competitor and an incredible passer able to control the flow of a game with ease. While his game play is stellar, perhaps the best asset the University of Essex is gaining is his approach to practice and training. Coaches Gregor Makechnie and Scott Allenby acknowledge Lloyd is a coach’s dream as he makes sure he improves from every drill in practice, and then directly applies that improvement to his play in games.
Greg Breen, another post-graduate, arrived at Proctor largely unheralded, but immediately became an integral part of the team’s rotation this season. Breen will be playing for Wheelock College next season and will bring defensive intensity, a willingness to play a variety of roles on the team and the ability to knock down open shots to the Wildcat’s backcourt. His relentless approach to strength training and improving his all-around game is a tremendous asset for Wheelock and will undoubtedly inspire those around him to work just as hard. Breen notes, “I believe I have the ability to earn time in both guard positions, playing off the ball and also playing the point. I really hope I can bring toughness and defensive intensity to the program, as I know these attributes will be valuable to the team as we continue to improve.
Congratulations to all five student-athletes on their commitments to play basketball at the collegiate level!