Austin Nichols

Height: 6-9

Weight: 218

College: Virginia

Classification: Junior

Birthdate: 9/20/1994

 

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Strong finisher around the basket

Fairly good low post scorer

Excels at scoring on the move

Very good shot blocker

Mobile for a player his size

Rock solid motor

Has long arms

Cons:

Needs to improve his face up game

Bad free throw shooter

Needs to improve his playmaking skills

Needs to improve his rebounding

Struggles to guard more athletic players

Not overly explosive

Needs to get stronger

Character risk, was dismissed by his team this season

Summary:

Austin Nichols was an impact player for the Memphis Tigers, as he provided them with inside scoring and shot blocking skills in his two seasons there.  But he transferred to Virginia, and soon ended up being dismissed after playing just one game there.

Without having played much basketball this year, Nichols is deciding to enter his name in the draft, as he signed an agent in the process.  He did show some promise as a player during his time in college, but with the way the game is shifting in the NBA combined with his baggage, he may likely go undrafted this year.

Links:

ESPN Draft Profile

DraftExpress Profile

RealGM Profile

ESPN Player Profile

Memphis Daily News’ Article on Virginia Dismissing Nichols

Scout.com’s Article on Nichols Declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft

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