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Rocky Mount Bound

Edenton's Wilson signs with North Carolina Wesleyan baseball team

Infielder played at Lawrence Academy last season

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Edenton's Daquan Wilson will join the North Carolina Wesleyan baseball program next season. Wilson held a signing ceremony at John A. Holmes High School, Thursday.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Friday, May 11, 2018

EDENTON — In less than a year, Daquan Wilson has made an impact within the John A. Holmes community.

The senior infielder’s hard work, team-first mentality and leadership are all qualities that the North Carolina Wesleyan baseball program is set to receive.

Wilson held a signing ceremony at John A. Holmes High School on Thursday to celebrate his commitment to the NCAA Division III program in Rocky Mount.

For Wilson, committing to Wesleyan completes a childhood goal of his to play at the college level. 

“I wanted to do this since I was a little kid,” he said. “It’s a big day.”

Wilson said that he considered Louisburg College, Chowan University and Lenoir Community College during his recruitment process.

“I just liked Wesleyan a little bit better,” he said.

This time last season, Wilson was part of a state championship run at Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill.

Lawrence Academy is a member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Wilson and the Warriors advanced to the NCISAA Class 1A baseball state championship series, but lost the series to Kerr-Vance Academy two games to one.

With a winning pedigree, Wilson was prepared to join the Aces program, which won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A baseball state championship last June.

He noted that it was fun at Lawrence Academy and has learned a lot from his teammates this season in Edenton.

“They’re good teammates,” Wilson said.

Edenton coach Robert Jordan noted during the ceremony that Wilson is one of the most respected players on the team and added that Wilson is not afraid to work to achieve his goals.

Jordan noted that Wilson was willing to move from shortstop, which was a position he played at Lawrence, to second base and other positions on the team.

Wilson has been a valuable player at the plate for Edenton as he has been the team’s leadoff hitter.

Wilson is tied for the team lead with 27 runs scored and second with 14 stolen bases.

The utility player will join a Wesleyan program that had a strong end to the 2018 season.

North Carolina Wesleyan finished 22-23 this past spring.

The Battling Bishops advanced to the USA South Athletic Conference tournament championship game, but lost to LaGrange College (Ga.) on April 14.

Wesleyan will have a new coach next season as longtime coach Charlie Long stepped down from the position late last month to take an administrator role within the university.

Wilson said that he liked the school and was ready to become a Bishop.

With the Aces set to play their NCHSAA 1A second round state playoff game against Louisburg High School today in Louisburg, Wilson still has goals he wants to achieve this season.

“Ready to win a state championship,” Wilson said. “It’s my senior year. I want to get a ring.”

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