In July, Memphis denied Nichols' transfer request but later eased on its decision, initially stipulating that the former five-star recruit could not transfer to a number of schools on a designated list. Virginia was one of the schools Nichols was not allowed to transfer to -- he would have had to pay the cost of attendance himself during his NCAA-mandated redshirt year to do so.
The junior forward and his family hired a lawyer, and Memphis changed its stance, eventually giving Nichols freedom to transfer anywhere. He had reportedly wanted to transfer to Virginia early on in the process.
The 6-9 Nichols averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds last season for the Tigers. He injured his ankle in a game on February 7 and ybHe will sit out next season and have two years of eligibility left.
Rivals.com ranked Nichols the No. 17 recruit in the class of 2013.
- Jeremy Woo