Virginia basketball: Austin Nichols dismissed by Cavaliers

Austin Nichols’ career as a member of the Virginia basketball team has been short-lived.

On Friday, Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett announced the redshirt junior forward has been dismissed from the team.

No specific details were given for Nichols’ dismissal, but it is comes after a rocky start to his time in Charlottesville. After sitting out last year following a transfer from Memphis, Nichols was suspended for two preseason scrimmages and this year’s season opener at UNCG on Nov. 11.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this program and Austin has lost that privilege,” Bennett said. “We have standards for our student-athletes and when those standards aren’t met, there are consequences and this is the unfortunate consequence.”

Nichols played in just one game for the Cavaliers, but he did make an impact.

Nichols had a game-high 11 points in his debut, going 4-of-7 from the field and adding three rebounds. Nichols earned the “Pillar Player of the Game” honor for the performance.

Now, if he hopes to resume his college career, he will have to do so elsewhere.

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