Providence has added yet another versatile player to their 2018 recruiting class with the news that Conway, SC forward Jimmy Nichols has chosen Providence over Miami and South Carolina. Nichols announced his decision on WPDE-15, the local ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, Tuesday night after taking his official visit to Friartown September 1st through 3rd. The plan was for Nichols to visit South Carolina this upcoming weekend and then Miami at the end of the month, but Nichols apparently saw enough while on his visit to Providence that he shut down his recruitment and pledged to Ed Cooley. Nichols now makes three committed recruits for 2018 to go with AJ Reeves and Kris Monroe.
— Brandon Dunn (@BDunnsports) September 5, 2017
Nichols is a left-handed forward who plays both inside and out, in the mold of typical Cooley players like Rodney Bullock and Jared Dudley. Nichols measures in at 6’7 and 200 lbs and oozes potential. Nichols told PanterLair.com in July that he sees himself as a stretch-4. “That is what I see myself playing. I rebound and block shots, that is my strength. But I can also shoot too and like to face the basket.”
— Jimmy Nichols Jr. (@jimmynichols17) September 5, 2017
Nichols, who plays for his local public high school during the school year, ran with Garner Road on the adidas Gauntlet series this Spring and Summer. Nichols averaged 16 points/game and 10 rebounds/game as junior at Conway High School and was named the Mr. Hoop Zone by ABC 15.
Prior to committing, Nichols told goupstate.com what he liked about Providence after his visit. “The way that they play, how small the college is, everybody knew who everybody was, the players are close and I like Coach Cooley and all the assistants,” Nichols said. Jeff Battle was the lead assistant on Nichols recruitment. The Friars now have 2 open scholarships available with the top targets for those final two spots being local guard David Duke and Maryland shooter Noah Locke. Locke visited campus right before Nichols with the pair overlapping for a day on campus.
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