The Latest On Austin Nichols

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Briarcrest Christian (Nashville, TN) 5-star power forward Austin Nichols made an official visit to the University of Virginia last weekend. The 6’9″ senior arrived in Charlottesville on Friday, and in the early morning hours on Saturday he tweeted his initial thoughts on the experience:

“UVA is great! Great atmosphere! The coaches are also great!”

Earlier today, Briarcrest head coach John Harrington took some time to talk about Nichols’ UVa official visit experience.

“He got home on Sunday, and on Sunday night Vanderbilt coaches were in-home. Duke was in [on Monday night]. It has been a whirlwind, but I finally talked to Austin [about the Virginia official visit] a little bit yesterday,” Harrington said. “One thing I wanted to say is he said he liked how humble the kids were. The players… He liked how nice they were. I thought that was an interesting comment from him.”

< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett was expected to stop by Briarcrest for “a short time” today, Harrington said. Harrington does not believe that Bennett has made his in-home visit with Nichols as of yet.

Up next on Nichols’ schedule is an official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend. An official to Duke is scheduled for the weekend of October 6. An official trip to Tennessee, where his sister attends, is scheduled for the weekend of October 20. Auburn and Memphis are also in this race, but Memphis is not expected to get an official.

A decision by the November Signing Period seems likely, though that is not a definite.

“I know there isn’t a timetable, but I think he would like to get it done,” Harrington said.

Nichols is one of the most coveted low post recruits in the class of 2013. His offensive talents are considerable, as he averaged 18 points per game while shooting close to 70-percent from the field last season as a junior. Coach Harrington says to not overlook the talented athlete’s defensive talents, either.

“We play man-to-man the entire time. Austin is a very good defensive player,” Harrington said. “He can alter the game just as much from a defensive standpoint as he does from an offensive standpoint.”

TheSabre’s Take: UVa appears to have impressed Nichols this past weekend, but it also appears he is set on taking