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Wallace inks Camden duo

Wallace Community College added two Wilcox Central products to the fold on Wednesday.

Camden’s Lavaughan Nicholson and Deidrick Irby are the Patriots’ first two signees of the spring signing period. Nicholson averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game his senior season. Irby finished at 11 points and five assists per game.

Both players — particularly Irby, a point guard — were attracted to the Patriots run-n-gun offensive philosophy.

“I felt like they needed me,” said Irby. “I feel like I can come in and play early.”

Nicholson attended several Wallace games, and noticed the Patriots’ improvement from a 3-27 campaign a year earlier.

“It’s close to home and gives a full scholarship,” said Nicholson. “They were in just about every game.”

Their parents placed more emphasis on the college environment than the basketball quality. They are pleased to have their sons close to home and on a full scholarship.

“Wallace offers a pretty good environment,” said Nicholson’s mother, Von Marshay Nicholson. “I heard a lot about the school credibility. Most importantly, it’s a full scholarship and a blessing.”

The Wilcox duo is not a package deal. Wallace head coach Ronald Lane and assistant Tra Fortier, are excited about the skills that each brings to the table.

“They both bring ingredients we may have been missing in the last season,” said Lane. “Ball-handling skills, shooting skills, court savvy — they bring that. I think we take a great step forward with these type of students and caliber of athletes.”

“Deidrick sees the floor great. Lavon is a great shooter and smart player,” Fortier added.

Wilcox Central coach Mark Dukes believes Wallace is getting two players that bring a lot to the table, and touts their athleticism and character.

“They’re going to be an asset to the program,” said Dukes. “They work very hard and are very coachable. Coach Lane won’t have to worry about them getting into trouble.”