VOL. 130 | NO. 47 | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
U of M Forward Austin Nichols Voted to AAC First Team
By Don Wade
University of Memphis sophomore Austin Nichols has been named to the 2014-15 All-American Athletic Conference first team, the league office announced Tuesday.
Tigers forward Austin Nichols, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Collierville, has been selected to the American Athletic Conference's 2014-15 all-conference first team.
(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)
Nichols is the first Tiger in the program's history to receive first-team honors from The American. Shaq Goodwin and Joe Jackson both earned second-team recognition in Memphis' first season in its new league in 2013-14.
Last season, Nichols was selected The American Rookie of the Year and also was the lone unanimous pick to the conference's All-Rookie Team.
A 2014-15 American Athletic Conference preseason first-team selection, Nichols played in 27 of the Tigers' 31 games this season, missing four complete games and parts of two other contests as a result of two injuries. His first injury, a right ankle sprain, occurred Feb. 7 versus Temple with seven minutes remaining in the contest. The second injury, a bone bruise, came Feb. 28 versus Tulsa with the second half just underway.
Despite the injuries, Nichols led the Tigers in scoring (13.3 ppg) and blocked shots (93 total; 3.4 bpg). He is the team's only double-figure scorer. Nichols is second on the team in both rebounds (6.1 rpg) and field goal percentage (49.7 percent).
Before his injuries in February, the 6-foot-9 forward was on pace to set the program's season blocked shots record. His 93 blocks are the fifth-most for a season in school history.
Nichols leads The American and is second in the nation in blocks per game. The Collierville, Tenn., native also ranks among the conference leaders in scoring (9th), rebounding (9th) and field goal percentage (7th).
Nichols was named The American Player of the Week for Feb. 16-22 and was a league weekly honor roll selection four other times.