One of South Carolina’s top in-state basketball players is in Columbia today. No, not that one.
Jimmy Nichols, a small forward from Conway, is on campus for an unofficial visit according to prep hoops guru Jamie Shaw. While he’s not getting the press that another player from the Palmetto State is getting, he’s still getting some looks from some good programs. Georgetown, Miami and Providence head the list of schools that have offered, along with mid-major schools like the College of Charleston, Murray State, Old Dominion and VCU. South Carolina has not offered yet, but it’s very much in the realm of possibility that Nichols will have an offer before he leaves campus.
Nichols, ranked fifth in the state of South Carolina by 247Sports, was part of a Tigers team that went 16-6 overall and 6-4 in Class 5A Region VI. They faced Dutch Fork in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs last year, falling 63-57. He was a participant in the prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp in June - some of his highlights are below.
Big-time PF offered
Per Adam Zagoria, the Gamecocks have offered five-star power forward Simisola “Simi” Shittu. Shittu had a slew of major offers (UConn, UNC, Syracuse, Louisville, etc.) before today and can now add South Carolina to the list. According to 247’s composite rankings, the native of Canada is the #4 PF and the #8 player in his class.
It’s not know how much of a factor South Carolina will be in the late stages of Shittu’s recruitment, but they are certainly putting themselves in the running. We’ll see what happens and how this plays out.