For Nichols' father, Mark Nichols, his son's recruitment has been great, but also it makes things very busy. Between all the coaches calling as well as the media, things never slow down, but also it has been a great process for the family.
"It has been pretty hectic, but it has been fun," said Mark Nichols. "I will tell you what, it makes you think. A lot goes into picking a school. You have to consider logistics, the coach, distance from home, and everything. It is going to be real hectic for the next year."
There have been schools from all over showing Nichols attention. Of course the hometown Memphis Tigers have been in touch, but so have many other schools such as Butler, Texas, Duke, Clemson, and Florida State are just some of the schools showing him attention.
According to the elder Nichols, three schools seem to really be making his son a major priority at this early time in the recruitment.
"Some schools get in touch with Austin, so I might not know all the schools contacting him, but I do know Tennessee is really stepping out," said Nichols. "Also Florida and Vanderbilt have been contacting him a lot. There are a lot of schools, but those three have been doing quite a bit, and we are getting letters from everybody."
When Nichols is talking to the coaches, his parents make sure to tell him to pay close attention to a lot of factors that the coaches are selling him on.
"I just tell him to pay attention to what the coach actually says, and ask questions," said Nichols. "He needs to figure out where the coach will play him on the floor, is he a three, a three/four, a four, a four/five, things like that. Also we tell him to ask about the education as well as taking a look at the assistant coaches. The entire coaching staff so is so crucial, so we tell him to pay attention to all of that."
For now Nichols is just taking things slow, and he is in no hurry to come up with a school list or a final decision, but being one of the most highly thought of basketball players in one of the best basketball cities in the country is something that the family is very proud of.
"He's just worked hard since he is 10 years old, and has always played with or against the best," said Mark Nichols. "It is gratifying to see all of his hard work pay off."