Memphis' Austin Nichols transfers to Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Memphis leading scorer Austin Nichols has transferred to Virginia.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett announced Nichols' transfer Monday.

Bennett says Nichols is a ''great fit for our program and system.''

Nichols averaged 13.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game as a sophomore with the Tigers.

The 6-foot-9 Nichols will have two years of eligibility remaining and must sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen granted Nichols a conditional release earlier this month.

Nichols becomes the third Memphis player to transfer since the end of the season.

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