Austin Nichols breaks down final six

After reeling in interest from a host of schools, Austin Nichols has cut his list to six. He broke down the remaining schools and discussed his plan going forward.

Austin Nichols now has a working list of schools.

A decorated recruit out of Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest, Nichols, who reeled in college interest from coast-to-coast, is now considering Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Auburn and Duke.

"We've been thinking about narrowing it down for sometime now and I guess today was the day," Nichols told Scout.com.

"A lot of factors were put in," the 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward said. "Style of play and who is going to be at all these schools in the position I'm playing, how far away from home it is and the coaching staff and everything."

Nichols broke down the six schools still involved with his recruitment:

Memphis – "I'm a hometown kid. I'm definitely interested in Memphis with the way they play their players. I took an unofficial about a week or so ago and I didn't expect the campus to be so nice. I just think I'd fit in perfectly there."

Tennessee -- "I picked Tennessee on this list. I went up there for a few unofficial football games and the fans were great. The fan support was there. The coaching staff is great."

Vanderbilt – "I picked Vandy. It's a great academic school. They are in the SEC and it's great competition. They are also only three hours away from home, so that's always good."

Virginia – "Then I also picked Virginia. I've always liked Virginia. Coach Bennett is a great man. I would love to play under him."

Auburn -- "Then I guess Auburn. They are pretty close to home at four and a half maybe five hours. They are in the SEC and I think I'd fit in great there."

Duke -- "Then of course Duke. You pretty much can't say much about Duke. With Coach K and everything, he's a legend and I'd love to play for him. I think I'd fit in great. I'd get there and fit right now."

Nichols, a four-star recruit, has taken unofficial visits to Memphis and Tennessee. He said the next step is to set up official visits. He's working on his first visit now.

"I'm thinking about my first official, and I haven't talked to the college about this year, to Virginia I think the September 8th," Nichols said. "They play Penn State at Virginia. I might go up there for a football game and take an official for a few days and see how it is. I haven't talked to the school about it yet, but hopefully they'd be glad to have me."

Nichols said that his plan is to take official visits to every school on his list except the hometown school – Memphis.

Nichols' older sister just graduated from Memphis and his twin sister will be a freshman at Tennessee this coming year. He said the two have discussed going to school together.

"That's always what we've talked about," Nichols said. "Of course her being my twin we are very close I would like to try and go to the same school as she does, but if it doesn't work out I guess that's fine too."

While an official decision date has not been set, Nichols, Scout.coms' No. 47 prospect, is hoping to have a decision in the fall signing period.

"Honestly, I would love to sign early and sort of get it over with, but I don't know you never know what is going to happen."


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