One of the most suspenseful recruitments of the 2013 class came to an end Monday morning when Austin Nichols committed to his hometown school the Memphis Tigers.
Nichols is a highly skilled big man with a dose of athleticism
Nichols, a 6-9, 220-pound power forward out of Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian, catapults Memphis to the No. 2 spot in the 247Sports 2013 team rankings.
Ranked No. 27 by 247Sports and No. 25 in the 247Composite, Nichols joins Kuran Iverson (No. 25/ No. 26), Nick King (No. 50/ No. 34), Markel Crawford (No. 72/ No. 115) and Rashawn Powell (No. 99/ No. 80) in the Memphis recruiting class.
Not only does Coach Josh Pastner have five top 100 prospects coming to Memphis, but all five prospects will be capable of playing on the court at the same time.
Tennessee, Duke and Auburn all made strong runs at Nichols, but the lure of playing in his hometown was too much to overcome.
"We compiled a 58 page report on all the schools," said Nichols' father Mark Nichols. "We went over it this weekend and looked at the pluses and minuses of the schools. Finally it came down to Memphis being the best option.
"There were a couple other schools way up there, and we hated to say no to them. But Austin wanted to stay home and play with the kids he played with in the summer and knows well."
The opportunity to be a star in the city where he came up as a basketball player was also important to Nichols.
"Being a part of the community was also big," said Mark Nichols. "The city is going crazy right now. It's really a great thing.
"The other part of the equation, though, is that he has to put that jersey on and make it happen. I'm confident that he will."
A solid athlete with a developing frame, Nichols is a highly skilled post player with an array of move and the ability to finish with either hand. He is also a threat facing the basket.