OVERALL GRADE: A
Points Per Game: 6.2 (6th on the team)
Field Goal Percentage: 45.6% (4th)
The future looks bright for the Illinois Fighting Illini despite a “disappointing” 2013-14 season. After reaching the NCAA Tournament in Coach Groce’s first season, many Illini fans expected their team to be in the hunt for a second straight Tourney bid in year #2. That just was not the case, as the Illini missed the NCAA Tournament while settling for the NIT.
However, the future is bright for Illinois, and part of that is because of Kendrick Nunn. He started the season out as a bench player, but became a starter on February 9th in a road game against Penn State.
That game would ultimately be known as Nunn’s “coming out party.” In that first career college start, the young Illini scored a season-high 19 points while shooting 53.8% from the field.
It’s true that Illinois has some notable transfers becoming eligible this offseason, but that doesn’t mean Kendrick Nunn should be forgotten next season. Yes, Nunn only averaged around six points per game this past season, but Illini Nation should take that stat with a grain of salt.
This is because Nunn was actually averaging 10.3 points per contest since becoming a starter on February 9th.
In a season that might be seen as a “disappointment” to some Illinois fans, Kendrick Nunn proved that he can be a quality player for John Groce moving forward in his young college career.
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