Nichols previously had high praise for the Blue Devils, but has since brought his public comments back towards a more neutral tone. Recently he reduced his list of schools to a final five consisting of Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Auburn and Duke.
Rated as a four star recruit and the nation's No. 14 power forward, Nichols has already taken unofficial visits to Memphis and Tennessee. He will visit Duke officially on October 6th.
So what's going to be important for Nichols as he goes through the continued process?
"Style of play and who is going to be at all these schools in the position I'm playing," said Nichols. "Also, how far away from home it is and the coaching staff and everything."
So how does Duke factor into that equation? To answer that you have to start back at the beginning when Nichols was raking in offer after offer, but not one from Duke. At least until Krzyzewski saw him in person. Despite the lateness of Coach K's offer, Nichols wasn't troubled.
"I think it was a fast process for Duke, and I knew that it was Coach K's strategy. I could tell that he really wanted to see how things progressed with me during the season, and I was completely on the same page with that. I can tell he knows what he really wants and he's told me that he trusts me and I completely trust him."
Months after the excitement of the offer has come and gone, Nichols still maintains Duke as a top choice and one with, it appears, most of what he's looking for:
"You pretty much can't say much about Duke that hasn't been said. 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 says he plans to take an official visit to each school on his list aside from Memphis, which is a local option.
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."