Simeon Star Kendrick Nunn Visits Illini

The Fighting Illini basketball team not only began a new season in style with a win over Loyola last night, it also hosted one of the top 2013 prospects in the country. Kendrick Nunn and his dad Melvin paid an unofficial visit to the school. Nunn is part of a Chicago Simeon team ranked #1 in the country. The combo guard is a high priority for the Illini.

Kendrick Nunn has made tremendous progress as a basketball player. Always known for his explosive athleticism and outside shooting prowess, he has worked hard to become a complete player.

"I've been working in the off season and the summer. I've been working throughout the summer on my ball handling and my right hand, crossover. It's coming along pretty well."

Once known as a lefty-only player, Nunn is no longer predictable. During the summer with the Meanstreets AAU team, he demonstrated not only improved ball handling but the ability to play point guard. He is embracing the idea of playing both point and shooting guard.

"I like playing the point guard position. I'm both a combo and a point. I'm pretty much an unselfish player. I like passing the ball, making my teammates better."

Nunn was named to the USA basketball team and has continued to attract national recruiting attention.

"Yeah, it's pretty cool. I'm excited about it."

After a decommitment from Texas A & M, he has many other top schools after his services.

"Illinois, UCLA, Providence, Florida State, Memphis. There are others, but I can't think of them right now. It's awesome seeing schools, seeing what different schools are like. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'm taking my time, being patient. I'll probably decide the beginning of my senior year."

What is he looking for in a college?

"A good organization, a good relationship with the coaches, facilities, academics."

Illinois is making Nunn a high priority. Ace recruiter Jerrance is on the trail.

"Coach Jerrance is real cool. We're like brothers, we get along great. He tells me Illinois is a great school, and the fans are outstanding."

What does he think of the Illini?

"It's a pretty good school. I've been watching them as I grow up. It's my state school."

Chicago Simeon has won state championships two years in a row, and another one is expected this season. Nunn is joined by the #1 player in the country Jabari Parker, Marquette recruit Steve Taylor and De La Salle transfer Jaylon Tate, among many other future stars. They are so popular, they held their own Media Day Wednesday.

"There were a lot of people giving interviews. It was a pretty cool day."

Simeon is embarking on a national schedule. Nunn is looking forward to the challenge.

"We're playing a lot of top teams in the country. It's exciting. There's a lot of talent."

Recruiting is important for Nunn, but there is no doubt his priorities are straight.

"I put my team first, and recruiting comes second."


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