I would prefer to start talking about the NBA draft after the NFL draft but I couldn't help notice that former Memphis and short lived Virginia star Austin Nichols has declared for the NBA draft. At nearly 6'10" Nichols is long and athletic but remains a mystery to me. Virginia Head Coach Bennett recently reiterated that Nichols was kicked off the team for good. Details were never made public which makes you think the infraction was very serious but I don't like all this murky stuff. Is Bennett protecting the player or is he just being a jerk about the whole ordeal? At this rate we will never know but Virginia sure could have used Nichols during the tournament where they got clobbered by Florida. Nichols was not NBA ready but had potential. His shooting range the last time I saw him at Memphis was not fully developed but had potential for improvement. He needed more strength too. The latest pics of him show a more mature NBA type body but you wonder about the two full years off from competitive basketball and of course the issues concerning his apparent problem at Virginia. I don't think NBA types are very patient with young white guys who might have character issues. A nice talent I hope he makes it. Who knows?