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KU offers to Memphis prep Austin Nichols

Kansas head coach Bill Self adjusts his tie as he watches from the bench next to assistant Kurtis Townsend during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self adjusts his tie as he watches from the bench next to assistant Kurtis Townsend during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

May 8, 2012

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Austin Nichols, a 6-foot-8, 193-pound senior-to-be from Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, has received a scholarship offer from Kansas University, Rivals.com reports.

Nichols, who is ranked No. 40 nationally in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com, has also received offers from North Carolina, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

“He runs like (UNC’s) Tyler Zeller did and we get him the ball on the run very often the same way the Tar Heels did with Zeller,” Briarcrest coach John Harrington told tarheelillustrated.com. “His only thing is to get stronger and he is working on it but Austin has never had a problem with getting pushed around. I can tell you that and we play in Memphis so the competition is tough.

“He is naturally right-handed but writes with his left and he led the city of Memphis in field goal percentage the past two years at 69 percent his sophomore year and 70 percent this past year.

“It really came together for Austin toward the end of the year. He had 21 points and 19 rebounds in our regional championship and then in the final four he had 30 points one night and 26 the next,” added his coach.

Camps: Former KU center Cole Aldrich of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder will hold his second-annual camp for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through eighth grade July 9-12 at Olathe Northwest High. The camp will run 9 a.m.-noon each day. Former KU players Tyrel Reed, Jeff Gueldner and Mark Randall will serve as counselors. For information go to colealdrich.com. ... Spots remain available in KU coach Bill Self’s two summer camps for youths to be held June 10-14 and 17-21. For information go to billselfbasketballcamp.com.

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