Memphis Basketball: PF Austin Nichols Picks the Tigers

Jon HancockSenior Analyst INovember 5, 2012

Picture via The Commercial Appeal
Picture via The Commercial Appeal

Austin Nichols, a 6'8" power forward from Memphis, TN., announced via Twitter Monday morning that he had committed to the Memphis Tigers.

"We watched Memphis all our lives," Austin's dad, Mark Nichols, told Brian Snow of

"He has high interest in other schools, but after we went over everything, he just decided that he should stay home and play with the kids that he played with in AAU. He thinks they are going to be really good."

Memphis coach Josh Pastner visited the talented power forward last week; Nichols also made a visit to Memphis Madness last month.

Nichols picked Memphis over Tennessee, Auburn, Duke and Vanderbilt. He also had offers from UNC, Louisville, Florida, N.C. State and several other top Division-I schools.

The 5-star recruit is considered the sixth-best power forward and the 19th-best player in the 2013 class by

Nichols' coach at Briarcrest Christian, John Harrington, told Brendan Quinn of

He is one of the best I’ve ever seen in high school basketball, as far as offensive moves in the post. He’s athletic, has great length, can handle (the ball) with his left and right hand, uses his body well in space down low and can score from either side of the hoop.

Last year as a junior, Nichols averaged 18.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and six blocks a game at Briarcrest.

The Memphis Tigers now have five very talented commits for the 2013 class. Mempis has two 4-star forwards with Kuran Iverson and Nick King, they also have two 4-star guards in Markel Crawford and RaShawn Powell.

Before Nichols committed, Memphis had the fifth-best recruiting class according to

Josh Pastner will have a very talented team as they become apart of the Big East Conference in the 2013-14 season.

Memphis is projected to win the Conference USA this season.