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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

KU offers to Memphis prep Austin Nichols

Kansas head coach Bill Self adjusts his tie as he watches from the bench next to assistant Kurtis Townsend during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self adjusts his tie as he watches from the bench next to assistant Kurtis Townsend during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Austin Nichols, a 6-foot-8, 193-pound senior-to-be from Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, has received a scholarship offer from Kansas University, Rivals.com reports.

Nichols, who is ranked No. 40 nationally in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com, has also received offers from North Carolina, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

“He runs like (UNC’s) Tyler Zeller did and we get him the ball on the run very often the same way the Tar Heels did with Zeller,” Briarcrest coach John Harrington told tarheelillustrated.com. “His only thing is to get stronger and he is working on it but Austin has never had a problem with getting pushed around. I can tell you that and we play in Memphis so the competition is tough.

“He is naturally right-handed but writes with his left and he led the city of Memphis in field goal percentage the past two years at 69 percent his sophomore year and 70 percent this past year.

“It really came together for Austin toward the end of the year. He had 21 points and 19 rebounds in our regional championship and then in the final four he had 30 points one night and 26 the next,” added his coach.

Camps: Former KU center Cole Aldrich of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder will hold his second-annual camp for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through eighth grade July 9-12 at Olathe Northwest High. The camp will run 9 a.m.-noon each day. Former KU players Tyrel Reed, Jeff Gueldner and Mark Randall will serve as counselors. For information go to colealdrich.com. ... Spots remain available in KU coach Bill Self’s two summer camps for youths to be held June 10-14 and 17-21. For information go to billselfbasketballcamp.com.

Comments

Krohnutz 1 year, 11 months ago

Was it just me or was the coach hinting that he was going to North Carolina? If you only want to learn how to run up and down the court, absolutely, go to North Carolina.

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Mel Clare 1 year, 11 months ago

What about this Rasheed Jordan kid? 5 star PG.............On phognet it says that we have offered him and he is very interested. Anyone know anything more than that?

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texashawk10 1 year, 11 months ago

This is the kind of kid that has traditionally thrived at KU under Bill Self. A player in the 25-50 range like Robinson, the Twins, Cole Aldrich, Sasha Kaun, and Darnell Jackson who will be a 3-4 year player for KU and doesn't necessarily play very much their freshman season, but develop into very good players by their sophomore season and beyond. If KU can pry him away from Memphis because Memphis has been very good at keeping Memphis kids at home for the last decade or so, it would be huge for Self and someone who would be an impact player by the time he's a junior under Self.

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bennybob 1 year, 11 months ago

I guess this means thigns aren't going well in the Julius Randle and Chris Walker recruitments.

Is Self going to miss on all his top front court prospects AGAIN?

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Benjamin Piehler 1 year, 11 months ago

Sign him or dont... we're lookin pretty good for the next few years anyway.

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kujh1970 1 year, 11 months ago

I would like to know why we are always offering scholarships to players that are barely on anyone's radar? Doesn't KU have the ability to attract the top athletes in this country?

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Robert Brock 1 year, 11 months ago

I watched this kid play a couple of games at the Real Deal recently. He is skinny but he has all the post skills, counters etc., and he can swat shots. He would be a smart player that you could run offense through. Tough get.

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Cameron Cederlind 1 year, 11 months ago

“He is naturally right-handed but writes with his left . . ."

That's impossible!!! Sign this kid now!!!!!

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William Blake 1 year, 11 months ago

Imagine what CS and Hudy could do with this guy... Good chance he'll end up 6'10" or so...

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REHawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Cole's tweaking his hair-do this season, preparing to leap off the bench to scare hell out of Kobe, a la his '08 terrorism of T. Hansbrough.

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SDSurferFan 1 year, 11 months ago

This way Cole may be able to get some PT. kidding....I know he is on a good team but is he pretty much the last guy off the bench?

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IrishCharlie 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't think that Rivals.com reported anything about kansas university..............

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Beate Williams 1 year, 11 months ago

Here is a site for Nichols. Kid seems like he has a good head on his shoulders, this is an old interview but sounds like Self could use Dub's help here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf-X52...

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Jim Jackson 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah, the Austin Nicols on KULA's site looks like a complete fruitcake, pretty sure it's not the same guy Self is recruiting.

Anyone here any news on Anrio Adams?

I'm liking the expansion talk of adding FSU a& Clemson to the Big 12, albeit BYU and Louisville would also suffice.

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Martin Rosenblum 1 year, 11 months ago

This kid's high school is the one where Michael Oher, The Blind Side, went. I don't think Sandra Bullock had anything to do with him, though.

Even though Briarcrest is a Christian school, they play against all of the public and private schools in Memphis. So, there is some real competition, not a bunch of 5-10 165lb wanna-be's. .If his stats are what his coach said, he's got his pick of schools for sure. He'd be a great addition to HCBS's stable of talent in 2014. I see him more as an ACC player, unfortunately than SEC or even B12. Work him Bill! He and Zach Peters could be the secular connection at KU!

Oh yeah, KULA, I think you are confused on your Austin Nicols google.

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clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 11 months ago

his coach is really proud of zeller, between that and him possibly staying local in memphis id say we dont have the best chance....unless Austin wants to play in the greatest basketball environment ever

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jhawkart 1 year, 11 months ago

Still younger than Morningstar

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KULA 1 year, 11 months ago

They listed his stats but they didn't mention how good looking he is. I googled him and -- this kid is a DREAMBOAT!!! God I hope we get him--move over Jeff Boschee... http://everythingaustin.com/

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