Rice, Nunn get preseason attention

Rice, Nunn get preseason attention

Illinois players have received little to no attention in preseason publications forecasting the 2013-14 season and that’s to be expected with so many unknowns entering John Groce’s second campaign.

But a pair of fresh faces cracked UMHoops.com’s list of the top 10 newcomers in the Big Ten this season.

Drake transfer Rayvonte Rice made the list at No. 5 and freshman Kendrick Nunn rounded out the group at No. 10.

The analysis notes Rice’s ability to get to the free throw line, something Illinois didn’t do at a great rate last season. Nunn is touted as a scoring threat off the bench.

Click here for a full list of UMHoops’ top Big Ten newcomers.

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