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A Look at Austin Nichols

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In one of the stranger transfer stories in recent memory, Austin Nichols just received permission to transfer anywhere after two seasons at Memphis.  The versatile big man had threatened to bring the Tigers to court if his release wasn’t approved. Regardless, he’s now allowed to transfer anywhere, so why not Kentucky? There’s a guy on the Kentucky bench that left Memphis for Lexington and it seemed to work out okay.

Here’s a look at Nichols and what he can offer the Wildcats.

Year: Rising Junior, Eligible for 2016-17 season

Height/Weight: 6’9″, 228 pounds

Stats at Memphis: 26 minutes per game, 11.3 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, 2.3 blocks per game, 54% Field Goal Shooting

Scouting Report: 

Coming out of high school he was a top-25 recruit according to 247Sports and decided to stay home and attend Memphis, choosing them over Virginia, Duke and Tennessee. During his freshman year he showed signs of being successful, but was limited playing just over 21 minutes per game. This last season however, Nichols blossomed into a special player. He became a dominant shot blocker, blocking nearly 3.5 shots per game for the Tigers and often guarded the best post player on the opposing team. Besides shot blocking the best part of his game is his ability to stay out of foul trouble, averaging less than two fouls per game while playing nearly 30 minutes. Offensively, he doesn’t have a ton of range, but is effective in the post, with a variety of moves to beat his defender. He can play either the four or five position in Calipari’s system, but is likely more suited to the traditional center spot due to his lack of outside shooting.

Other Schools Going After Him: Every single school in the country. But, Virginia, is the one to keep an eye on. Paul Tudor Jones II, the billionaire that founded Tudor Investments, donated $35 million to Virginia, his alma mater, to help with the construction of Virginia’s new basketball arena. The building, John Paul Jones Arena, is named after his father. Paul Tudor Jones II now lives in Memphis and is reportedly close with Nichols’ former AAU coach.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

14 Comments for A Look at Austin Nichols



  1. KansasCityCat
    7:21 pm July 16, 2015 Permalink

    Id rather keep the scholarship…



    • Well well
      7:39 pm July 16, 2015 Permalink

      Wrong color for you? Maybe he could go to Wisconsin! We all know them UNATHLETIC boys can’t hang with our athletes.



    • TrollTroll
      9:20 pm July 16, 2015 Permalink

      Well well you still butthurt about L1C7?



    • Well well
      3:25 am July 17, 2015 Permalink

      Very. I’m now a Duke/Wisconsin fan.



  2. Ty
    8:04 pm July 16, 2015 Permalink

    Well if that isn’t the most racist comment I’ve seen on here…



  3. MCaron
    8:17 pm July 16, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t care what color he is, if he can ball he can ball. Who would you rather save the scholarship for!? We have plenty……



  4. Anthony James
    9:16 pm July 16, 2015 Permalink

    Really if he can ball then let’s get him in we need the front court depth



  5. schmowzow
    9:39 pm July 16, 2015 Permalink

    Amazing how you automatically assume well well is a UofL fan troll troll. You do understand that for the better part of the Denny Crumb era a very large portion of UK fans had a rather racist nickname for the Cardinals. Remember this one? Many UK fans called the cardinals the Blackbirds. True stuff. The more you know.



    • Well well
      3:16 am July 17, 2015 Permalink

      Oh, I’m a Louisville troll. And so are you. 😉



  6. Big Al and the boys
    12:31 am July 17, 2015 Permalink

    Well, I remember Pitino saying that he would not recruit anyone who had grass in their front yard.



  7. Say what?
    2:24 am July 17, 2015 Permalink

    what in the hell is all this black/white crap? all was well and there was none of this crazy BS until when? Oh, about the last 6 and a half or 7 years or thereabouts?

    do the math…



    • cardfan420
      3:24 am July 17, 2015 Permalink

      Thats how we roll, yo.



  8. CatBlue in LR
    2:01 pm July 17, 2015 Permalink

    He was briefly on UK’s list about three years ago. I watched him at the Real Deal in the Rock in April of ’12 and talked to him a little bit. He told me he would be very interested in Kentucky, but we ended up getting Marcus and Dakari in his class, and he ended up going with his hometown team.



  9. drew
    2:04 pm July 17, 2015 Permalink

    Why would you average his stats from his two seasons at Memphis? That makes no sense; it doesn’t reflect his improvement as a player after his freshman year.