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Bronco duo sign to play basketball at next level

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Broncos Rashaan Proctor (seated left) and Jerrell Doorbal (seated right) pose for a pic with head coach Ralph Davis (left) and assistant coach Ronnie Williford Jr. (right) prior to signing their letters of intent to play college basketball for four-year schools next season. Proctor will travel a few hours east to play for Lubbock Christian University while Doorbal heads northeast to Oklahoma Panhandle State University. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

Another pair of Bronco basketball players have signed with four-year schools, marking an impressive signing season for the Institute’s junior college roundball team.
Rashad Proctor and Jerrell Doorbal became the latest Broncos to move on: Proctor to Lubbock Christian University and Doorbal to Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma.
“One thing about these guys is they sacrificed a lot for their individual numbers, which weren’t gaudy at all,” said coach Ralph Davis. “Which is a testament to the style of basketball that we played and the amount of work these guys put in while they were here — that they were able to come in on a full scholarship and leave on a full scholarship. We’re not only recruiting good student athletes, but we’re also putting them out as well.”
Proctor chose the Lubbock school because “the coaches seemed very nice. They had good plans for me and I feel like they can send me where I want to go.”
He also liked the team — which finished 19-11, winning its first Heartland Conference title in 2016-17 — and the community.
“It’s around a nice neighborhood with friendly people,” Proctor said.
Davis thinks the 6-foot-7 Proctor — who came to NMMI from Louisiana — will fit in well with the Chaps.
“Super athletic wing-forward,” the coach said. “He came in here with some big ambitions and did a wonderful job this year, giving us effort, energy and activity all across the court. I think he found himself a tremendous fit at Lubbock Christian University. Coach (Todd) Duncan, coach (Jason) Imes over there are going to help him out immediately to get back to the Heartland tournament.”
Add in the fact that former Bronco Antonio Manns also attended LCU, and it makes for a small pipeline that could get bigger.
Doorbal will become an Aggie at OPSU, meaning he’ll face off against Proctor since both schools are in the Heartland Conference.
“I felt like it was a good fit for me, and I also felt like it was a good program to be a part of,” the 6-foot-9 Trinidad and Tobago native said.
“When he got here two years ago, he had a lot of work to do,” Davis said. “And he’s done a tremendous job putting in the time and the effort to get himself to a position where he’s going to be able to have a full scholarship at the next level. I’m very proud of his achievements. Anyone who can come here and do two years and graduate from this school has accomplished something already, but he’s definitely going to have a future, and we’re very excited about that.”
Both players credited NMMI with helping them improve in aspects of their lives across the board — from academics to athletics — and both had big thanks for friends, family and teammates.
“NMMI taught me a lot of self-discipline and patience,” Proctor said. “I definitely want to give a shout out to my team. They supported me and held me up strong during a tough year here.”
“To my team,” Doorbal echoed. “All my brothers, especially my man, (DeMarco) Enoch, and my madres, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Sweet. They took me in as ambassador moms and they took care of me, as did my ambassador family, the McKerrys.”