VCU landed its first commitment from the transfer portal this offseason with the announcement from Jimmy Nichols Jr. that he would be joining the Rams. Jimmy is a 6-8, 220 pound forward with excellent shooting skills (last year he shot over 40% from beyond the arc, and 86% from the free throw line).
Truly blessed and thankful to announce my commitment to VCU??? ?? pic.twitter.com/kJIYEYBDJe
— Jimmy Nichols Jr. (@jimmynicholsjr5) April 15, 2021
This commitment fills one of two spots technically open on the roster (with the recent departure of Brendan Medley-Bacon, and the departure of Tre Clark back in March). It’s likely that VCU will have a 3rd roster spot open after a highly anticipated announcement from Bones Hyland of his departure for the NBA, expected in the next few days.
Jimmy was at one time recruited by VCU, and was a teammate of current Ram Jarren McAllister. Footage of their performance together can be seen here:
Jimmy missed a portion of the season last year with Providence, after suffering an eye injury related to a car accident (played 16 games). He also received a medical redshirt his sophomore season with the Friars due to a foot injury (played 5 games). This indicates that Nichols will have 2 years of eligibility, potentially 3 given the COVID-related eligibility changes.