Nichols reflects on summer, new offers

Briarcrest (Memphis, Tenn.) forward Austin Nichols updated on his summer, recruitment, and unofficial visits.

Briarcrest (Memphis, Tenn.) forward Austin Nichols never thought he'd have this many Division I scholarship offers before his junior season.

"I can't describe it sometimes," Nichols told Wednesday. "I'm just blessed. I thought I'd have a few offers. Words just can't describe it, you know."

As it stands, Nichols has more than just a few. He's currently got offers from Cincinnati, Texas, Memphis, Auburn, Florida State, Butler, Ole Miss, Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward said he's worked specifically on his ball-handling, shooting and free-throws this summer. Another way he's gotten better, he said, is by playing alongside 2012 five-star forward Jarnell Stokes.

"I've been watching Jarnell's game and watching what he does, imitate my game watching him," Nichols said. "He does great post moves. I try to do what he does. He's improved by doing it, what makes me think I can't improve when I do it?"

Only a junior, Nichols said he's in no real hurry to decide on a school. But when he does, he's got a mental checklist to go from.

"I'm looking at whether there's players that are there in my position, if I can get a starting job," Nichols said. "Style, coaches and coaching staff. It's a lot of things."

One school he's considering in particular is the University of Memphis. He said the coaching staff at Memphis was the first to offer him and take real interest in him.

"They'll always be on my top list, like on my top," Nichols said. "There's great coaches and great players that are there. I'm going to wait until my senior year to wait to see who's there. They've got a great chance of getting me. Coach (Josh) Pastner's a great coach."

Nichols said he's planning to take an unofficial visit to Knoxville for the Tennessee-Cincinnati game on Sept. 10.

As far as official visits during his senior year go, Nichols is considering visiting Butler, Florida State, and Virginia, adding that he hasn't really given his official visit schedule much thought.

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