Memphis Tigers forward Austin Nichols has been granted his conditional release from the program and will transfer. Head coach Josh Pastner confirmed the news to ESPN, which was reported on Twitter by Jeff Goodman.
A 6-foot-9, 228 pound rising junior, Nichols led Memphis last season with 13.3 points per game and shot just under 50 percent from the field. Nichols also posted 6.1 rebounds per contest.
Thus ends the saga where, allegedly, Memphis would not grant Nichols a release under any circumstances. The former star of Briarcrest Christian High School in Eads, Tennessee, near Memphis, will now have to sit out a year before suiting up again, per NCAA rules.
Just where he ends up remains to be seen. Nichols drew interest from Duke, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Auburn and Tennesee before committing to Memphis, so perhaps those schools will still be interested as he prepares to transfer.
Of course, Campus Sports will update Nichols’ decision as more information becomes available.
Memphis went 18-14 (10-8 AAC) last season and did not participate in any postseason play for the first time in six seasons under Pastner.
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