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ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Saturday, February 22, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

New England sharpshooter keen on Pirates

Catch up on hoops recruiting news...

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East Carolina on the hunt for guards...
Gridiron prospect a rebounding machine...
Pinnock back in Pirates' recruiting mix...
Prolific scorer Atuahene warms up to ECU...
Driesell still thorn in ECU's side...
Reynolds' Foster makes it official...
ECU high on lists of backcourt slashers...
Prospects Cook, King put off decisions...
'Power guard' Cook books ECU excursion...
ECU still beating bushes for point guards...
Fayetteville guard likes ECU's C-USA ties...
C-USA teams lure big men, big names...
Jamaican joins ECU's international cast...
49ers, Cards snare key '03 commitments...
Ranking the Carolinas recruiting classes...
Foster has plans to bulk up for C-USA...
Wiley refining his game for C-USA wars...
Holcombe-Faye 'pipeline' flows eastward...
'Hot Hand Luke' sold on ECU & C-USA...
Juco wings top off dazzling class...
It's a wrap ó ECU signs Moberly's Wiley...
Pirate recruiting class almost complete...
JC Transfer Mackay Makes It Official...
Herrion Snares Aussie Shooting Guard...
High-scoring Rivers signs with ECU...
Pirates seek experience in Juco targets...
Rivers attracted by 'tough' schedule...
'Minges Maniacs' impacted decision...
ECU makes early offer to Enloe junior...
C-USA transforms Pirates' recruiting...
ACC schools' pursuit of Rouse too late...
Mumau's C-USA recruiting roundup...
Kinston forward Rouse officially signs...

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Report Card: Recruiting effort a success...
Pirates' D-line, secondary gain recruits...
ECU makes recruiting push Down South...
J.T. connects with prep coaches, recruits
ECU recruits get taste of Dowdy-Ficklen...
Pirates' commitments in holding pattern...
ECU targets Va., Ga., N.J., prep stars...
Pirates faced with new recruiting obstacle...
Recruit "set" on ECU but open to suitors...
Camp Logan grad Adams commits...
First impressions important for OT Brown...
Starmount O-lineman Brown headed East...
Parker, Brim wield multiple talents...
Beddingfield QB Parker picks Pirates...
ECU wins recruiting battle for Brim...
Future Pirates hang out together...
Pace quickens: Howard, Black commit...
Running backs stable gains young talent...
Batten's 2003 Recruiting Crystal Ball...
Scotland Connection Keeps Flowing...
Lineman Devours Barbells & Groceries...
Batten's Signing Day Report Card...
Newest Pirates & Thumbnail Profiles...
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Signing Day Reflects Progress at ECU...
Coach Primed for His Favorite Time...
Video Clips from Signing Day...
Signees from the Carolinas & C-USA...

©2003 Bonesville.net

There is a certain sweet-shooting guard who wants to play basketball at East Carolina. He is just waiting for a scholarship offer.

Whether it comes may depend on what Pirates head coach Bill Herrion thinks when he sees Shane Nichols and his Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame Prep School team play the weekend of Feb. 28. The occasion will be a two-day tournament hosted by Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy.

Nichols has simply been on fire recently. He sank eight three-pointers twice in three games and had a stretch in which he made 48 treys in eight games. He threw in a season-high 35 points in New York City against Globe Tech Junior College and did it in just 25 minutes of playing time.

He nailed eight threes in that game and again in a 24-point effort vs. Maine Central Institute. For the season, the 6-1, 190-pound wing guard is averaging about 16 points per game. However, he is averaging 24 points over the last 10 games.

"Thatís really a lot," Notre Dame Prep coach Bill Barton said, "and Iíll tell you why. We play 10 or 11 kids every game, and Shane usually plays 20-25 minutes a night. (Games are 40 minutes like college.) At the start of the season, we were using three guys at his position, and he was getting about 15 minutes a game.

"We have never had a player to average 20 points over a season here. The teams we play all have mostly Division I players, most of them fifth-year seniors."

Nichols is one of those fifth-year seniors. Although his grades were fine after graduating from Radford (VA) High School, he decided to attend Notre Dame Prep in order to get more exposure as well as more attention from college coaches.

Hometown Radford University offered a scholarship last year, when Nichols averaged just under 20 points per game. Then, there was a coaching change, and things didnít work out. Long Island University offered back in September.

"He didnít want to go to school in New York City," Barton said. "I think the longer he waits, the more big schools that will offer. Several are just waiting to look at some things.

"A while back, at the New England Prep Invitational, there were 35 college coaches in the stands, and thatís when East Carolina started liking Shane. He averaged over 20 points a game in that tournament.

"(ECU assistant) Greg Herenda has seen him play two or three times. Shane was in Greenville for an AAU event during the summer. I know he really likes East Carolina. If they offer, I think he will commit.

"Iíll tell you something. If East Carolina gets him, it will be a steal. They will be getting a great player that a lot of people donít know about and they will be getting a great kid. They wonít even know heís there except for the way he works and plays. He just goes about his business.

"Shane is the best kid Iíve ever had," Barton said. "He doesnít do a lot of talking; he just works hard and plays hard. While other kids are telling you how good they are, he is in the gym working on his game.

"He is the only one out of 16 players on our team that has made every practice and workout. I told him the other day to take off for a practice, that he could use the rest. But he refused to miss the practice.

"The perfect description of Shane is Old School," Barton said. "He does what he is supposed to do. Every night heís in the gym working. He leads our team in charges taken. The other night, he took the first bad shot I can remember him taking. I didnít even say anything."

Barton said Nichols, a left-hander, has become Notre Dame Prepís first option offensively. And thatís on a team that also has guards Will Blalock and Gary Ervin, headed for Iowa State and Mississippi State, respectively.

"Shane is the best shooter in New England," Barton said. "He has a quick release and he does a good job of getting himself squared up and ready to shoot before he receives a pass."

Nichols is academically qualified for freshman eligibility.

St. Peterís has offered and Wagner is likely to follow suit soon. Denver University is planning to send a coach to see Nichols play.

"I wish I had five players like Shane," Barton said. "You can take five like him and beat five so-called great players. He is an outstanding player and a better kid. You donít get to say that very much."

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