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Thursday / February 21.
  • Memphis Forward Austin Nichols Gets Conditional Release

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    635720432622401281-USATSI-8392229After initially being denied a release from Memphis, junior forward Austin Nichols was granted a conditional release.

    “I spoke with Austin Nichols this morning and informed him the University of Memphis will grant to him a conditional release from his National Letter of Intent,” said Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen, according to “While we are disappointed in this outcome and the timing of this situation, we respect his wishes to pursue other opportunities. We appreciate Austin’s contributions to the Tigers and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

    According to Gary Parrish of

    Nichols will not be released to transfer to any American Athletic Conference school, any school on the Tigers’ future schedules and/or Tennessee, Providence, Iowa or Virginia, a source told According to The Commercial Appeal, Memphis will play in the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic with Providence, Iowa and Virginia. So that’s the explanation there. Tennessee is simply on a “restricted” list, according to an email a source told the school sent to a UT official. Nichols’ sister is a Tennessee student.

    Nichols averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this past season. He becomes the fourth Memphis player in their 2013 recruiting class to transfer, following Nick King (Alabama), Pookie Powell (La Salle) and Kuran Iverson (Rhode Island).

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.