Men’s basketball signee Kipper Nichols granted release, will not attend Tulane

St. Edward’s Kipper Nichols spins around Garfield Heights’ Raymel Franklin in the second half Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in Garfield Heights. (Joshua Gunter/ Northeast Ohio Media Group)

Mackenna Barker, Online Sports Editor

Tulane men’s basketball head coach Ed Conroy announced Monday night that class of 2015 signee Kipper Nichols will not be joining the program or attending Tulane due to personal reasons.

“Unfortunately, Kipper Nichols did not enroll in classes at Tulane this fall and will not join the Green Wave basketball program in 2015-16 due to personal reasons,” Conroy said. “We respect his decision and wish the best for him and his family in his future endeavors.”

Rivals and 247Sports rated the 6-6, 215-pound forward from Lakewood, Ohio a three-star prospect. He was also ranked as the sixth-best overall prospect in the state and 46th-ranked small forward in Ohio by 247Sports.com.

As a senior, Nichols averaged 18.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game and earned the Coaches Poll Division I Ohio Player of the Year award. As a junior, Nichols led the St. Edward Eagles to a state championship while averaging 18.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

“This was a very hard decision to make, and I appreciate the overwhelming support from the entire staff and team during my family’s time of need,” Nichols said in the release. “My mother and I are both extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by coach Conroy, Tulane University’s coaching staff and the team.”

Nichols was one of eight newcomers to the Green Wave basketball program for the 2015-16 season.