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Former Memphis forward Austin Nichols transferring to Virginia

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Virginia transfer Austin Nichols (AP Photo)


Less than two weeks after Memphis loosened the transfer restrictions placed on former forward Austin Nichols, the first team all-AAC selection has found a new home.

According to a report from 92.9 FM in Memphis, Nichols has decided to transfer to Virginia. After sitting out the 2015-16 season Nichols will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
MORE: What does Nichols’ departure say about Memphis?

Nichols averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest last season. His grassroots coach’s connection with the family of John Paul Jones, for whom Virginia named its arena, led to the Cavaliers being seen as the favorite to land Nichols.

He joins a front court that will lose Anthony Gill after the 2015-16 season, with Mike Tobey having one additional season of eligibility remaining. And with the Cavaliers losing a verbal commitment from 2016 power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones, the addition of Nichols is a welcome boost to the program’s interior rotation in 2016-17.