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Memphis Briarcrest Christian forward Austin Nichols is working on setting up his official visits and could potentially sign late if he can’t settle on a school early, his father told SNY.tv. Friday.
“We would like to commit early but I don’t know if that will happen,” Mark Nichols said. “It could be late. If one of these official visits doesn’t slap us in the face, we may be late with it.”
The 6-8, 215-pound Nichols has a tentative official set for Virginia Sept. 8, his father said.
“But the thing is we haven’t talked to Virginia because they’re out of the country,” he added.
Head coach Tony Bennett and his team are in the midst of a two-week European trip.
Mark Nichols said his son would also take an official to Duke Oct. 6 for the Virginia football game.
“We’re going to Duke Oct. 6,” he said. “We have that penciled in. We’ve got all that reaffirmed. That should be pretty good.”
Duke is said to be focusing on Nichols, Julius Randle, Semi Ojeleye and Robert Hubbs in the Class of 2013.
Nichols is also considering Auburn, Memphis, Tennessee and Vanderbilt and recently took an unofficial to Memphis. He will not need to take an official there.
No other visits are yet set.
“We don’t know yet,” Mark said. “We’re taking it one day at a time.”
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