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Basketball Recruiting: Austin Nichols Names Final Six, Eliminates UNC

2013 big man Austin Nichols who was considering as many as 13 offers has named a final six of Duke, Memphis, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Tennessee.   The North Carolina Tar Heels were thought to be one of the leading teams for Nichols services before being eliminated today.

Roy Williams offered Nichols and Austins’ father listed UNC as one of the programs pursuing his son the hardest last month.  Big men are the top priority for the Heels in the 2013 class who currently have offers out to Nichols, Kennedy Meeks and #2 overall prospect Julius Randle, their top target in the class.

UNC has a stacked perimeter that it expects to keep mostly in tact for the 2013 season and has secured top point guards in back to back years setting themselves up nicely outside the pivot.  Adding two or more big men to go with Isiah Hicks who has already committed has been an obvious top priority for Carolina.

Nichols is a skilled big man with a solid mid range jump shot and athleticism. He has excellent footwork and can pass well out of the double team. He needs to put on a lot of weight, at just 205lbs, he’ll get pushed around at the next level. How he performs this AAU season and during his senior year will is key. I see Nichols as a bit of a project coming into college but a very worthwhile one at that.

Nichols was officially offered by Carolina on April 30th.  Nichols’ stock is rising as he has a terrific AAU season. Nichols was one of the last cuts of the USA team but observers said he played very well in camp.

Nichols hasn’t given a solid date on when he would like to make his decision yet.  My gut says he will make one no later than the November signing period.  Nichols doesn’t strike me as a player desperate for the attention of a drawn out recruiting process.  Many have believe that Nichols would end up at Duke all along, his favorite team growing up.

Where do you think Nichols will end up?



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