Austin Nichols to Memphis

Memphis is loading up for its entrance into the Big East in 2013.

The Tigers scored big-time Monday when they landed a verbal commitment from Austin Nichols, a 6-8, 215-pound power forward from Memphis Briarcrest Christian.

“I put on for my city!! Go Tigers!,” he Tweeted.

“I know the air in the ball eventually runs out, and I need something to fall back on,” Nichols told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “If I go to Memphis, I can get my degree, come back, and be sort of like a Penny (Hardaway), a figure like that. That’s what I wanted.”

The Rivals No. 6 power forward in the Class of 2013, Nichols also considered Virginia, Vanderbilt, Duke, Tennessee, and Auburn.

Nichols told SNY.tv this summer that he had a strong relationship with Memphis coach Josh Pastner.

“He’s a great coach, great program,” he said. “Shaq’s Goodwin going there [this] year, he’s a good friend of mine. Ever since I met with Pastner, he offered me my freshman year. He’s very close with me, he talks with me just about every month. I’d love to play for him.”

He joins an impressive recruiting class that will debut in the Big East for the 2013-14 season and includes small forwards Kuran Iverson and Nick King, shooting guard Markel Crawford and point guard RaShawn “Pookie” Powell.

“(Memphis’ 2013 class) is a group of good, unselfish kids,” Mark Nichols, Austin’s father, told the Commercial Appeal. “Austin’s played with them over the past few years (in AAU). I feel like they’re gonna be an unselfish group. It takes unselfishness to win.

“The other part was, obviously, being at home, being around friends and family and staying in the great city of Memphis. Hopefully it pulls the fans together closer.”

Nichols averaged 18.6 points and 9.6 rebounds last season.

“Memphis is getting a more athletic version of Keith Lee, in my opinion,” Briarcrest coach John Harrington told the Commercial Appeal. “He’s a unique-type player. I think the question was how strong was he gonna get. This year he put on 20 pounds. Colleges weren’t necessarily leery of it, but once they saw how strong he got, it was like, ‘wow.’ They saw he was ready to play right now.”

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66 comments
frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Campbell to replace Garrard? NFW! Why bring in a QB who can still play and threaten Geno? The Jets automatically award their starting QB job on draft day and will not bring anyone in to threaten their preconceived notions. Competition at all position except QB is SOP since Sanchez  and so far it hasn't changed under Idzik.

marcus81
marcus81

best FA on that list is Campbell, the other guys are too old

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Here's who I think/want the jets to sign in FA

WR Anquan Boldin (2/13m) - he's old but Geno needs a #1 that can catch anything Maclin and sanders are good but we need size

G Geoff Schwartz (1/850k) - Colon was lucky to make it through 16 games and winters is raw.

QB Matt Cassel (2/7m) - veteran who can lead us to the playoffs if Geno turns the ball over like he did last year

S TJ Ward (5/28m, 16 guaranteed) We need a really good safety opposite the savvy Landry. Allen can play LB in the sub package and cover TEs.

DT Ropati Pitoitua (1/850k) DL Depth familiar with system

a57se
a57se

Unless there are just no other options, I don't want any guys thirty or older except Mr. Reed.

If we were in win now mode and needed a vet at a position or two to get us over the hump then these guys would be viable....we are not in that position.

juunit
juunit

Well, having both Polamalu AND Ed Reed at safety would be f***ing awesome, even if they're not as good as they once were.

idothis2
idothis2

how has EJ Manuel cemented his starting spot on the Bills, but Geno needs competition for the starting spot. Geno showed more upside in my eyes than EJ. This whole Geno needs competition is nonsensical.

kniff
kniff

I'll take Troy Polamalu any day of the week, that dude hustles!!

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

You know, I dont blame Ware for not wanting to take a pay cut. Hes done so much for Dallas, and in return Jerry Jones continues to destroy the team and their hopes of ever having a solid defense ever since Ware got drafted by them in 05. There best shot was with Rob Ryan, and Jerry Jones shipped him off because all he knows how to do is drown the cowboys. I wouldnt break the bank for Ware, I love they guy and would especially love to have him on the team, but as i mentioned it the last thread, if we can find a way to settle our offensive issues by round 2 of the draft this year... guys like Dee Ford, Scott Crichton, Trent Murphy, and Kyle Van Noy, may all be available and they all look like terrific OLB prospects whom id love to draft.

bklyndude
bklyndude

Campbell,  Vick,  McCown are the guys everybody is considering to compete with Geno.  

Is that because of their strong history of leading teams to the playoffs.  The Jets are giving Geno his chance for better or worse.  Might as well build up the offense and see if he's any better than these guys.   Those guys would be fine veteran backups which the team needs,  but not as starting material. 

John Ledo
John Ledo

Campbell for his career has 87 TD's to 60Int's and a 81.8 rating 60% completion ratio...For 3-4 Mill per Campbell is the choice here folks...no other QB is FA comes close to his stats.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Seems many of these players are shells of themselves but would want to get paid for their name. I say go mid level younger FAs and let the draft do the rest. I do agree on Cambell though I like McCown the best, they can run a pro offense and are decent insurance. Geno will beat them out, but cant just sit back and take his foot off the gas..

harold
harold

If healthy which is a big if with him would be a solid addition.

Pat d
Pat d

Reed over Polamalu?

harold
harold

@a57se

I agree 100% no old F/A

Did you see them saying Tate would only get 5 million per year.  No way (that is why I said previously sometimes they are overly conservative).

Amendola got 5 years between 28.5 and 31 million reports differ.

Tate is better, more durable and returns punts.

Can't see him signing for less than 7 million APY.  An dhe could get 8 million APY

kniff
kniff

@juunit  Right on...and we sell it to Cro to restructure... so Milliner, Cro, and Wilson, with Troy and Reed as Safeties.


Antonio Allen and Darrin Walls for depth...not bad.

Pat d
Pat d

Geno isn't the answer

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

While I agree we need a vet who can step in and win games if Geno derps it up. I also tend to think that Geno needs as many reps as he can get. He needs to play with the 1s as much as possible.

__fense
__fense

@idothis2  Because one of them is on the Bills and the other is on the Jets. People will be calling for Geno to be benched until he wins a super bowl. 

John Ledo
John Ledo

@bklyndude  A open competition between Geno and Campbell would be fun to watch...

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Ledo we agree yet again. Campbell all day because if Geno sucks it up he can def manage the game enough to still give us a good shot at the playoff.

Pat d
Pat d

I can't see Geno beating out any half decent QB

John Ledo
John Ledo

@jake100  McCown has a weak arm....Campbell is the best of the group. 

harold
harold

Yes imo Reed has always been the better player. His legendary study habits and ability still now to help generate turnovers are definitely needed by the Jets to help their young defense become elite.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Amendola put up much better stats than Tate but the injury bug has plagued him. I would be surprised if someone gives Tate the same contract as Amendola....especially with such a strong WR draft.....

I would bring Pace back if we don't draft a OLB who can set the edge.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Johnsbodybyvi Ledo @bklyndude   I'm all for having a good veteran on the team as a backup,  but if Campbell were named the stater would the fans really be excited.   We need to find out how good Geno can become before we entertain these mediocre QB's as guys to lead the Jets.  Hopefully Geno can continue to improve and be better than these guys.

harvlis
harvlis

@j3tsfan29 At 34 years old?  No way.  We need a future, not an injured past.


John Ledo
John Ledo

@j3tsfan29  Well yes you got me there....I forgot about Vick because I don't want him anywhere close to this team....

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

No way man. Campbell sucked as cutlers backup, McCown atleast made plays. Not even close. Mccowns hands down better.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Johnsbodybyvi Ledo @jake100  

Agreed, but McCown came in cold with no real reps in the offseason and held the fort so well, many were debating keeping him in over Cutler. He obviously had solid control of a pro offense and moved the chains. I am just looking for a hold the fort back up who can run a pro offense. Campbell does not exactly have a cannon, lol. I would be happy with either as insurance and to give Geno at least halfway decent competition.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

I'm cutting then resigning Cro in my ecenario

kniff
kniff

@jake100  We can in Kyle's scenario, prioritize CBs in the draft...


You all know I'd sign up for Boldin and Schwartz yesterday!!  

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se @jake100 @Kyle Suta   You feel good even with Milliner, in all likelihood  still going through growing pains and the questions with Cro? We got lit up with deep passes more than any time under Rex's tenure. A vet CB is a higher priority than safety in my opinion. Landry, Allen and Reed are more than satisfactory, but the CBs. scares me. Even Brendan agrees with CB more of a need over safety, be careful he is lurking, lol   Dowling who knows and Wilson is more suited to the slot, he gets burned on the outside.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Look at the first two years of their careers as well and take every year as indiividually.....Amendola has been the better player when healthy.

harold
harold

I gave stats over last two years how is that cherry picking? I would have used last three but Amendola was hurt in 2011. Not sure what your angle is on this one.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Harold, cherry picking stats is not the way to go.


harold
harold

Last two years

Tate 109 Rec, 1586 yards and 12 TD's. Plus 11.4 yds per punt return last yr

Amendola 117 Rec, 1299 yds and 5 TD's

Plus as you stated consistently injured.

Who do want the soon to be 29 yr old who can't stay on the field or the soon to be 26 year old who has been tough durable and gotten better each year in the NFL.

I am on record as saying I don't want him for big money but if he is a 5 million dollar a year player sign me up. 

John Ledo
John Ledo

@harvlis @j3tsfan29  Vick would last 4 games and then what? No thanks...plus all the negative attention he brings...

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

I'd take Vick over Campbell. Dude sucks!!! I find it hilarious you say mccowns arm is weak and Campbell's is cannon like in comparison yet McCown actually played well with the bears where Campbell, well sucked. Anyways I hope neither Vick or Campbell come to our team but if I had to choose I'd take my chances with Vick 7 days a week 24 hours a day and twice on Sundays.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Johnsbodybyvi Ledo @jake100   Exactly, Garrard is done. McCown , Campbell, or even Henne over Garrard.

John Ledo
John Ledo

@jake100 @Johnsbodybyvi Ledo  Do we really want Garrard, who needs a walker on the field, at 1 mill a season? or do we pay a qb that can both mentor and provide competition at the same time for a little bit more money? Garrard is done no need to waste time on a player who cant play the game anymore

John Ledo
John Ledo

@jake100 @Johnsbodybyvi Ledo  I think Campbell gives more of what we need....competition for Geno. Geno can't go into the season as the starter...he needs comp, thats the only way he gets better

John Ledo
John Ledo

@jake100  Campbells arm is light years ahead of McCown....look at McCowns career stats...not even close to Campbell's.