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Recruiting: Area baseball player commits, hoops player adds another major offer

Conway’s Jimmy Nichols (42) gained an offer from Providence recently.
Conway’s Jimmy Nichols (42) gained an offer from Providence recently. For The Sun News

This past weekend was quite the active one for prep athletes on the Grand Strand.

While the verbal commitments of Conway’s Gunner Britton and Tyler Gore of North Myrtle Beach made the most waves, other local talents received their share of good news as well.

Socastee baseball standout Wesley Lane put a bow on his recruitment last week, verbally committing to The Citadel via Twitter.

The rising senior outfielder batted .380 a season ago, with a home run and 14 RBIs. He also had a .489 on-base percentage, stole seven bases and hit .550 with runners in scoring position.

On the hardwood, a successful summer for Conway standout Jimmy Nichols continues to get better.

Last week, he added Providence to the more than a dozen suitors hoping to land the 6-foot-8 forward.

Nichols is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, ranked fifth among all Class of 2018 hoops talents in South Carolina. Among the nearly 20 teams hoping to earn his services include Arizona State, Miami, Georgetown, Nebraska, Old Dominion, Rhode Island, Rice, Rutgers, VCU and Kansas State.

Nichols averaged a double-double during the 2016-17 basketball season, scoring 15 points to go with his 10 rebounds per game.

Conway football standout Tonka Hemingway also continues to edge higher on schools’ recruiting boards.

Hemingway scored an offer from North Carolina last week, adding to those from Georgia, Georgia State, Maryland and South Carolina. A rising sophomore, he had 13 tackles and two assists to go along with three sacks in the 2016 season.

On the pitch, North Myrtle Beach boys soccer players Javier Ayala Davila and Christian Amieda signed with Cape Fear Community College.

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @thejournalist44

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