Former Virginia forward and Memphis star Austin Nichols is declaring for the NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, he told Scout on Tuesday.
“First of all I just want to thank the University of Virginia and everything they’ve done for me,” Nichols said. “I left on sort of a bad note, but I learned a lot and I grew a lot at Virginia. I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft and I’m going to be signing with Aaron Turner.”
Turner is an agent with Versus Management Team.
Nichols spent his first two collegiate seasons at Memphis, playing for Josh Pastner. Nichols started all 34 games of his freshman season and was named AAC Rookie of the Year.
As a sophomore, Nichols averaged 13.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocks a game, but following the season opted to transfer to Virginia. After sitting out the required year, Nichols played just one game for the Cavaliers, before Tony Bennett dismissed him from the program.
Nichols is currently training five to six days a week in preparation for the June NBA Draft.
“I’m going to back and forth from Cleveland and Miami working out,” Nichols said. “Just working out at local gyms in Cleveland and Miami.”
Prior to the 2016-2017 season, Nichols had begun to build some buzz about his potential with NBA scouts, but never got to show it this past season.
“I got measured at 6-9 ½ and I’m long,” Nichols said. “I think my jump shot is really getting better. I’ve changed my form up a lot. I’m long, athletic and I can run the floor. I’m just getting in the gym every day and trying to get better. I’m getting in the weight room and just sculpting to get my game where I want it to be.”