University of Memphis junior forward Austin Nichols has told a Memphis-area radio station that he plans to transfer.
Nichols, who averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore last year before an ankle injury ended his season in February, told 92.9FM ESPN on Tuesday that, “It was in the best interest of my family and I to decide to transfer from the University of Memphis.”
Nichols went on to thank coaches, staff, friends and family for supporting him during his time at UM, but said, “As for me, I think it’s best if I move on from here.”
The university, however, may not agree. UM released a statement of their own on Tuesday afternoon that seemed to indicate that they believe Nichols isn’t going anywhere.
The statement said: “Austin Nichols missed a team workout this afternoon. Like all issues of this nature, we will handle this matter internally. Austin is an important member of our team and we fully expect him to be a leader for the Memphis basketball program moving forward.”
So will he or won’t he? Either way, it doesn’t sound like we’ve heard the last of this story.
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