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Recruiting: Kansas offers Austin Nichols

The Kansas Jayhwks have offered Memphis prep Austin Nichols, and the four-star 2013 recruit is one of the top 15 power forwards in the class. The Jayhawks have been hitting the recruiting trail hard of late, and the Memphis YOMCA AAU star is ranked by Scout as the fifth best center in the class.

Austin Nichols, the 40th best recruit in the nation per Rivals, is a 6’9″, 200 pound recruit and has an ESPN Scout Grade and 247Sports Rating of 92. He averaged an 18-10 (9.5 rebounds, to be precise) last season at Briarcrest Christian High.

The four-star recruit has offers from Duke, Kansas, UNC, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Belmont, Butler, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Iowa, Liberty, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, N.C. State, TCU, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCF, USC, Valparaiso, West Virginia, Wichita State, and Yale.

It is apparent that many teams are after the talented recruit, and Austin Nichols has interest from some other high profile teams as well that are not listed. Some of those schools are among the top programs in the country, such as Kansas.

Nichols is known for his solid fundamentals that make up for his lack of size that is the reason for him being a better fit at PF. He’s a great big man and isn’t a small guy, but he is viewed as being too thin to play center. Austin Nichols is a very good scorer, a solid defensive player, can run the floor well, and he is a good rebounder.

As he receives more attention, more fans are starting to see that Nichols is one of the top prospects in the 2013 class. He has interest from over 40 schools and has received a high amount of interest from Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Virginia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Texas, and Louisville. This latest offer from Kansas has boosted Nichols’s stock, and there is no doubt that he is one of the best three recruits in the state of Tennessee.

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