John Groce lands Kendrick Nunn commitment

John Groce lands Kendrick Nunn commitment

CHAMPAIGN - For those wondering if John Groce would need a year or two to make Illinois basketball an attractive destination again, the coach and his staff provided an answer today.

Chicago Simeon standout Kendrick Nunn, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, gave a verbal commitment to the Illinois coaching staff on an official visit. The senior publicly announced his intentions to attend Illinois through his Twitter account.

Nunn attended today's Illinois-Charleston Southern football game. The basketball contingent left Memorial Stadium shortly after halftime, and Nunn committed to Groce's staff after the game while at Ubben Basketball Complex. The Nunn family had been in Champaign-Urbana since Thursday.

This recruitment began when Groce was at Ohio, however. Groce and assistant Jamall Walker put in work on Nunn, hoping the Simeon product would be a breakthrough recruit in their first year recruiting for Illinois.

"I guess it was meant to be," said Melvin Nunn, his father. "Now Groce comes back to Illinois and we get reacquainted."

The commitment gives Groce his third prospect in the 2013 recruiting class. Nunn joins Belleville East swingman Malcolm Hill and Springboro (Ohio) center Maverick Morgan in the class, which can sign a letter of intent in November.

As quickly as Groce's staff made recruiting headway, however, this run is probably only beginning. Nunn's commitment was as important for perception - and recruiting other players in the 2013 class and beyond - as it was for his own ability.

"I believe Demetrius (Jackson), the point guard from (Indiana), is most likely, in the next few days, going to jump on in as well," Melvin Nunn added. "And I know a couple of other kids were waiting to see what Kendrick was going to do."

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Salt Life wrote on September 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm
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Oh Yeah!


That's huge!


Now get Jackson!

lmaran wrote on September 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hot dam! That is great!  

Let us hope Demetrius Jackson is next.




GW wrote on September 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

THAT IS AWESOME!! Congratulations and welcome to the Fighting Illini young man. I look forward to watching you help bring this program back where it should be.

Good luck!

One side note, I disagree with the caption to this article. John Groce didn't land Kendrick Nunn. The University of Illinois landed Mr. Nunn.


illinibrave wrote on September 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Welcome to the Illini Family Kendrick!! 

Great job by John Groce and his staff! 

lmaran wrote on September 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm



bmuell08 wrote on September 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm

happy saturday... I-L-L

CecilColeman wrote on September 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Are Nunn and Jackson both better than Chester Frazier?  Sammy Maniscalco???

lmaran wrote on September 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Apples and watermelons!

blmillini2 wrote on September 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm



where are you

Moonpie wrote on September 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

blmilini2 --I'm here, dude. It's good they signed Dunn. A start. If Jackson also signs, then we get excited.

peterborich wrote on September 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Great news!!!!! Bar Nunn !!!!!!!  

If he can dunk like a banshee, will he be known as "The Flying Nunn ?"