Nicholson signs with ECCC

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

There was very little doubt that Jaylin Nicholson was going to East Central Community College.

The senior shooting guard signed his national letter of intent to play for the Warriors and coach Robert Thompson last week in a signing ceremony at the school.

Nicholson is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who averaged 17.2 points and 7.5 rebounds a game as a junior. He has been an all-Division 5-4A pick for the last two years along with being selected to the East Central All-Tournament teams the last two years.

“I think East Central is getting a tremendous offensive player,” County coach Steve Harber said. “He is a tremendous leaper and a really good shooter. His is one of eight seniors that have been together here since the seventh grade. I have been doing this 44 years and have never had that many seniors. He’s a leader by example, not a rah-rah guy. He’s a good student and a pleasure to coach. He has led us to the playoffs the last two years and the state tournament as a sophomore.”

Harber said he thought ECCC was a natural choice and the Warriors are getting a great fit.

“I think they are getting a tremendous offensive player and I think he will be an asset to the program,” Harber said. “He’s familiar with the program, he’s lived here his whole life. He was being recruited by some other jucos but those guys at East Central get together and play pickup games and I think that had a lot to do with it.”

For Nicholson, the signing was the culmination of years of hard work.

“It’s a happy moment,” Nicholson said. “I thank God that he gave me this opportunity to be here playing the game of basketball. It’s just something that I love to do. I felt like East Central was family. It’s like a brotherhood. They all made me feel welcome.

“I would like to thank coach Harber. He’s a great coach. He pushes me in practice and that got to me when I was young because I didn’t expect that. But now I realize that he knows what I can do and just pushes me to go harder and get better.”