Hamilton bleak on Nichols' return for Gonzaga

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 27, 2019

ANAHEIM, Calif. (WCTV) -- Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton told ESPN Tallahassee's Jeff Cameron he was hopeful David Nichols would be a go against Gonzaga after he sustained an ankle injury against Vermont in the opening game of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

On Thursday at the Honda Center, Hamilton gave the media a bleaker prognosis.

"I think he's doubtful. At best, he's doubtful," said Hamilton. "He didn't get in any practice today. Unless he has an unbelievable recovery, I'm not encouraged."

In speaking with Nichols before Hamilton addressed the press, the grad transfer guard seemed optimistic about his recovery.

"Feeling good, getting better every day," he said. "Rehabbing and getting treatment."

Regardless of if Nichols sees the floor or not on Thursday, the team will still be short with the absence of Phil Cofer, who did not travel with the team, leaving the Noles' reserves ready for action.

"Other places, they might say, 'Hey, stay ready,' and it doesn't mean anything, but here it means something," said FSU guard Wyatt Wilkes. "At any moment, you could get called on, so you have to be ready to go."

In 35 games for the garnet and gold, Nichols has averaged 6.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds as a reserve.



 
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