Simeon junior guard Kendrick Nunn, an ESPNU Super 60 recruit, has quickly become a priority for newly named Illinois coach John Groce and plans to visit Champaign later this week.
Nunn's father, Melvin Nunn, said Monday he has already spoken twice to Groce since he was hired on Thursday, and he and his son will make an unofficial visit to Illinois on Thursday.
"He's aggressive and honest," Melvin said of Groce. "He said Kendrick is his man. He gave me the story about when he was at Ohio State and how he got all those guys -- Mike Conley Jr., Greg Oden, Daequan Cook. He thought it was one guy -- Daequan -- who started it there for them. He thought Kendrick could be the same for Illinois."
Nunn, a 6-2 guard, is ranked No. 57 in ESPN's Class of 2013 Super 60. He was one of Simeon's top three players along with No. 1 junior Jabari Parker and Marquette recruit Steve Taylor and helped the Wolverines to their third consecutive state title this past season. He played on the U.S.'s under-16 2011 FIBA Americas gold medal team.
Nunn and his father initially met Groce when they made an unofficial visit to Ohio in September of 2010. They were won over by Groce's personality and his coaching during that visit.
"His track record is he gets players better, he runs a good program and people like him," Melvin said. "That's what it's all about. I think he's the man that can do all that at Illinois. Illinois is going to be right on top for Kendrick if he's there."
Melvin said there wasn't a chance his son would commit to Illinois on Thursday. He said they were going to take their time after Nunn previously committed to Texas A&M and later decommitted.
Nunn is most interested in Florida State, Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Missouri, and UCLA, according to his father.