Nichols enjoying big junior season

After blowing up this summer on the AAU circuit, junior Briarcrest forward Austin Nichols has carried over the same momentum into his high school season.

After blowing up this summer on the AAU circuit, junior Briarcrest forward Austin Nichols has carried over the same momentum into his high school season.

he Saints are having a good season and will be contenders for the state championship. Nichols, who has dozens of scholarship offers, will play a big part in that.

"We had a hiccup against Millington, but we played well against Melrose," Nichols said. "We've just gotta play team ball. If we're unselfish, we all know how each other plays."

Nichols is considering the University of Memphis, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, and Duke among many others. He said he might take an unofficial visit to Tennessee this weekend, which opens conference play against Florida.

He attended the Tigers' loss to Murray State in December and said he'd like to see the players put more stock into team concepts.

"Sometimes, I think the players are too big for the team," Nichols said. "Sometimes it seems like it's coaches vs. the players. Sometimes, Memphis gets too selfish, almost and they don't listen to the coaches.

"But so far, from yesterday, an 18-point win over Tennessee is great. They've gotta keep working. They've got all the talent they need."

He said he hasn't thought about narrowing his long list yet. The four-star forward said he'd like to take some more unofficial visits before getting to that point.

Nichols also dispelled rumors about him no longer considering Memphis, which was the first school to offer him a scholarship.

"Every time I'm with (assistant) coach (Jack) Murphy or (coach Josh) Pastner, they always mention that they were the first one to offer me. He mentioned last time that the significance of me signing with Memphis. Like, I would be an Elvis or Justin Timberlake."


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