Memphis' Austin Nichols (4) powers past SMU's Yanick Moreira (2) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
Karen Pulfer Focht
July 27, 2015

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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