C Austin Nichols Profile
Briarcrest Christian Schools junior center Austin Nichols picked up the Tigers' offer in July after head coach Brad Brownell saw him play at the Peach Jam in North Augusta.
"I didn't really know they were recruiting me until they offered me, so I was kind of shocked," Nichols recently told CUTigers.com. "I like that they have and I'm glad."
The 6-foot-8, 195-pound center played up an age group with Memphis YOMCA at the tournament, so playing time was at a premium.
"I didn't get to play that much. But, when I got in, I guess they liked what they saw," he said.
Brownell called with the offer between the two evaluation periods.
"He just called me and said that they did offer. He was playing golf at the time," Nichols said.
Along with Clemson, Florida State, Virginia, Ole Miss, Auburn, Tennessee, Memphis, Texas A&M and Butler have also offered.
The No. 7 center in the class of 2013 is still learning about Clemson, but he's heard some good things.
"I'd love to take a tour and get to know the coaches better," Nichols said.
Right now, he's "pretty much all open" but there is "definitely an interest in Clemson."
Several factors will be considered as a decision is reached.
"It's got to be a good coaching staff. The most [important] thing is the players that are there when I'll be there," Nichols said. "If I'm going to get enough playing time, if it's a right fit for me."
As a sophomore at Briarcrest, he averaged 15 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks a game.
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