Emer Nichols Transfers to Gators

Emer Nichols has signed a Southeastern Conference Grant-In-Aid Agreement to attend the University of Florida, Gators women’s basketball coach Cameron Newbauer announced.

The 6-foot-5 center who played her freshman year at Texas A&M University, is required to sit out the 2018-19 season per NCAA rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2019-20.

Emer Nichols (6-5 / Center / Pearland, Texas / Westbury Christian School / Texas A&M Univ.)

Of Note:

  • Appeared in 12 games for Texas A&M in 2017-18
  • Rated as the No. 14 post player and a three-star recruit by espnW HoopGurlz
  • McDonalds HS All-American nominee
  • Westbury Christian reached state title game during her junior and senior seasons
  • 2016-17 Honors (senior year): Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Class 5A All-Tournament Team, TAPPS Class 5A First Team All-State, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABS) Large Private School All-State First Team, TAPPS First Team All-District 7-5A, TAPPS All-State Academic First Team
  • 2015-16 Honors (junior year): TAPPS Class 4A All-State First Team, District 5-4A All-District First Team
  • 2014-15 Honors (sophomore year, at Pearland HS): TAPPS Class 4A All-State First Team, TAPPS Class 4A All-Tournament Team, District 22-6A All-District Newcomer of the Year, District 22-6A All-District First Team, District 22-6A All-District Academic First Team
  • Sophomore Year: 14.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per game


UF Coach Cameron Newbauer on Emer Nichols:

“We are excited for Emer to join the Florida Women’s Basketball family, as she adds much needed depth at the forward position. She has great size and strength, combined with touch around the rim that makes her a known presence on the floor. Her infectious personality and charisma will be a great addition to our program.”


Emer Nichols on becoming a Gator:

“The atmosphere at Florida was incredible, I instantly felt at home. The coaches really care about their players on and off the court and that was something very important to me. I could immediately sense they cared about me. They were honest in every conversation we had. The academics and Florida’s reputation as a top academic school was also very attractive to me.”


Florida’s 2018-19 Incoming Class

November 2017 Signing Period // April-May 2018 Signing Period

  • *Ariel Johnson (5-9 / Guard / Stockton, Calif. / St. Mary’s HS)
  • Emanuely “Manu” De Oliveira (5-10 / Guard / Criciuma, Brazil / Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah))
  • Kristina Moore (6-1 / Forward / Sydney, Australia / Abbotsleigh School)
  • ^Emer Nichols (6-5 / Center / Pearland, Texas / Westbury Christian (Houston) School / Texas A&M Univ.)
  • Paige Robinson (6-4 / Forward / London, England / Midland College)
  • Kiara “Kiki” Smith (5-10 / Guard / District Heights, MD / ASA College)


*Signed during early period (Nov. 2017)

^eligible in 2019-20


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