Nunn narrows list to five

It has been a long recruiting process for Kendrick Nunn, but now he is down to five schools.

Four-star prospect Kendrick Nunn is coming off of an impressive run of things with the Meanstreets AAU program this July. Now the Chicago (Ill.) Simeon star has narrowed his list down to five finalists.

For Nunn it has been a long process. First he issued an early commitment to Texas A&M, but since he de-committed the offers have come pouring in. Now his father Melvin Nunn says the family has narrowed the list down to Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Ohio State, and UCLA.

John Groce and the Illinois staff have made Nunn a priority since getting the job, and that has made an impression.

"We have a great relationship with the coaches at Illinois and they have done a great job of recruiting Ken," said Nunn. "I believe that they have a plan in place to get that program back on track to being a top notch program."

Another program that gets a lot of talk with Nunn is Marquette. The Golden Eagles landed a prospect, Steve Taylor, from Simeon last year, and now are hoping to do it again with Nunn.

"What stands out about Marquette is definitely the style of play," he said of the Golden Eagles. "It fits Kendrick's game well, and the staff fits Kendrick perfectly. They have a track record of developing guys to a higher level ever since Buzz Williams became a part of that program. Also they are winning right now, and have pieces in place to win now and later."

One school that Nunn seemed to like a lot before picking Texas A&M was Memphis, and now the Tigers are back on his final list.

"That is one good thing about Memphis, they were one of the schools at the beginning," Nunn explained. "They were probably Ken's third offer. They were probably the first staff to give us a call when Ken de-committed from Texas A&M to make sure that we would still consider them. Memphis has always been around. He knows Memphis and Memphis knows him, and the relationship has been there since the beginning."

A newest school on the list is Ohio State. The Buckeyes recently offered, and the combination of winning tradition and style of play has them in the final five.

"They jumped up there," said Nunn. "We had a relationship with Ohio State when Ken was a sophomore, and I have never asked why they pulled away a little bit. I guess they were waiting on development, but I know they are a program that I can build a relationship with quickly. They are also a team that is a Final Four team and program, and I know they are going to continue to win because they are a top five team virtually every year."

With the UCLA Bruins, the reasoning is simple. In fact according to Nunn, one word sums up the reason they made the final five.

"Tradition," said Nunn. "Although it is further away from the other four schools, the tradition, the spotlight, the Pac 12, it's everything they offer. Also we have a relationship with Ben Howland and Phil Mathews out there. Also they have the No. 1 recruiting class in 2012 and they are going to continue to build to get back to being a Final Four program."

For now the family is beginning to set up visits and narrowing down the list even further.

"The next step is setting up visits and putting dates together," Nunn explained. "We have to talk it over with the universities to figure out the best weekends for them to have us down there. Once we do that and take all of the visits we will probably submit his top two or three. That will be around the beginning or middle of October, and then once he gets his list down to two or three that is when he will announce his pick during the November signing period."

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