Hoos Set To Host 5-Star Austin Nichols

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Fresh off of receiving a verbal commitment from Crespi (Encino, CA) senior point guard London Perrantes, Tony Bennett and the University of Virginia men’s basketball program are set to host 5-star senior power forward Austin Nichols on an official visit this weekend.

UVa will be the first official visit destination for the 6’9″, 210-pound Nichols, a product of Briarcrest Christian School (Eads, TN).

“I think he has got to feel comfortable with where he will go to school. If he hurts his knee and basketball is not there, he wants to be somewhere he’s comfortable at,” Briarcrest head coach John Harrington said when asked what Nichols will be looking for on his official visits.

Auburn, Duke, Memphis, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt round out Nichols’ list of finalists. He reportedly has also scheduled official visits with Vanderbilt (September 14) and Duke (October 5), and he is expected to take official visits to Auburn and Tennessee. Memphis is not expected to get an official, but that is no reason to discount the hometown Tigers.

Coach Harrington discussed what factors helped separate these six schools from the rest. Nichols’ list of scholarship offers was a long one that also included Georgetown and North Carolina, among others.

“Closeness to home… that’s one of the things, but that’s not number one,” Harrington said. “He looked at what kinds of kids they’ve recruited. Style of play, and if they throw the ball to the post guys. In the Elite 24 basketball showcase, he touched the ball only seven times all game. He made five baskets. He doesn’t want that. He wants to go somewhere where they utilize post players. Academics will play a big part. The coaching staff does, too.”

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“I don’t think it’s a deal for him,” Harrington answered. “I think it is more for the parents. Any parent would love to see their child. If he goes to Memphis or Vanderbilt or Tennessee, they can see him play in person. If he goes to Duke and Virginia, that might not be