Page updated as of 4/8/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
2017 rankings were finalized on 6/22/2017.
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
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
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
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.
Memphis Daily News’ Article on Virginia Dismissing Nichols
Scout.com’s Article on Nichols Declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft
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