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Missouri has reportedly contacted Albany grad transfer David Nichols

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Well, you can add another name to the grad transfer pile: Albany’s David Nichols.

A quick debrief on Nichols:

1. He was one of four Great Danes to announce their transfer last week.

Late Thursday night, Nichols said that he will receive his release from UAlbany on Friday. He said he plans on graduating in June and then will be eligible to finish out his playing career at another school.

”This is definitely tough with all the relationships you build,” Nichols said Thursday night. “I have been through a lot of ups and downs here. I am going to be leaving a place that is like a second home to me.”

Nichols, who is from Chicago, said that [head coach Will] Brown and the rest of the UAlbany coaching staff has been nothing but helpful in this difficult process. The 6-foot Nichols averaged 14.6 points per game in an up-down season. He was an America East All-Conference first team selection as a sophomore but did not make any of the three teams this year.

2. Albany was good in all three of Nichols’ seasons, winning 67 games, but they could never take home the America East Tournament title.

3. Nichols is 6’0, 190 pounds. He averaged 17.9 points per game last season and 14.6 this year.

He’s a heavy-usage guard who took a lot of shots and dished a lot of assists. He appeared to hit a slump early this season but found himself in conference play — he ranked second in 3-point shooting (47%), eighth in assist rate (21.6 percent), ninth in FT percentage (80%), 10th in percentage of team shots taken (24.9 percent), 18th in fouls committed per 40 min (2.9), 19th in eFG% (51.1%), and 21st in fouls drawn per 40 min (3.6). He’s a bit of a center of gravity, but an effective one.

4. He attended Mount Carmel in Chicago.

From his team bio:

Averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game…Named the Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year in 2014 at Mount Carmel…Chicago Sun Times All-City Third Team & All-Area, IBCA All-State, Southtown Star All-Area, NWI Times All-Area selection as a senior for the Caravan...Named to the Pekin Insurance Holiday All-Tournament Team in 2013-14.

Personal: David Christopher-Henry Nichols…Intended major is communications…Son of Donald Nichols Jr. and Ann Davis…Has three brothers, Donald, Kendall and Ryan; as well as three sisters, Brittani, Christin and Erin...Brittani played basketball at Yale.

At the very least, we have a pretty good idea of who Missouri’s backup plan is if the Tigers don’t win the Aaron Calixte sweepstakes.

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