Colton Antes remembers the days when Braeden Proctor was constantly dragging him to the gym.
He was only in middle school, but he’d regularly find himself using the shooting machine and getting up thousands of shots with Proctor.
It’s those sessions Antes points to as paving the way for him to become one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in state history.
And its Antes’ success from behind the arc that’s played a part in the Fulton boys basketball team being in the Class D state quarterfinals for a second straight season.
“Without (Proctor), I wouldn’t be half of the shooter that I am now,” Antes said as he reflected on how Proctor, who is three years older, impacted his game.
“It was just all the shooting that he allowed me to do and all the shooting that we do in practice. We do a lot of shooting. It’s just all the muscle memory and all the practice put into it (helps).”
Antes enters Tuesday’s quarterfinal against Bellaire nearing 300 career made 3-pointers. He’s made a single-season school record 92 3s – 13th most in MHSAA history – in 24 games this winter to help the Pirates (18-6) be among the eight teams still alive in Class D. Antes is shooting 38 percent from 3-point range while averaging a team-high 19.4 points.
“Just knowing that you have that green light to shoot – that’s just a huge part of it,” said Antes of his 3-point shooting success. “It’s also knowing that all of your teammates have confidence in you to shoot it and your coach as well. It’s not just having confidence in your own self. When other people have confidence in you too, it does an unreal thing to know that other people in the gym believe in you.”
While Antes has made his mark as a shooter, it’s also led to plenty of team success during his four-year varsity career. That includes Fulton capturing regional titles in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history last week. Antes is proud to be part of that team success and hopes to conclude his varsity basketball career by helping the Pirates accomplish more this week.
“It would be awesome to do that,” Antes said. “We know we just have to take every game one step at a time. If we get (to the championship game), it would be an awesome feeling just to have something like that.”
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