Virginia redshirt junior forward Austin Nichols, who transferred in last season from Memphis, has been suspended for the Cavaliers' two preseason scrimmages and the season-opener at UNC Greensboro on Nov. 11, the school announced Friday evening.

Nichols, a 6-foot-9 forward who is expected to start and be a major contributor for U.Va., has been suspended for violation of team rules, according to a press release.

Nichols sat out the 2015-16 season after transferring from Memphis. While with the Tigers, Nichols started 60 games over two years, including all 34 as a freshman. He led the team in scoring in 2014-15 with 13.3 points a game.