UVA dismisses touted transfer Austin Nichols


Redshirt junior forward Austin Nichols (Collierville, Tenn.) has been dismissed from the Virginia men’s basketball program, head coach Tony Bennett announced Friday (Nov. 18).

Nichols was previously suspended for the Cavaliers’ two preseason scrimmages and the season opener at UNCG on Nov. 11.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this program and Austin has lost that privilege,” Bennett said. “We have standards for our student-athletes and when those standards aren’t met, there are consequences and this is the unfortunate consequence.”

Nichols played one game at UVA, tallying 11 points and three rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn on Nov. 15. He sat out the 2015-16 season after transferring from Memphis.