Nunn, Tate signing with Illinois a good sign of relationship between Smith, Groce

About seven months after Smith sat down with Groce for the first time, Simeon guards Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate on Wednesday signed letters of intent on national signing day to officially become members of Groce's first recruiting class at Illinois.

"Honestly, (I was) just being myself," Groce said. "I think Rob appreciated the fact that I try to be myself, and I appreciate that he tries to be himself. ... To be honest with you, it wasn't that big a deal."

"I was trying to get the job and so was he," Smith said. "He won. They thought he was the better candidate. At this point, so do I. After we had a real conversation and I saw his vision for Illinois was the same as mine, everything was good. I want to help build Illinois basketball. That's what we should all be doing."

chicagotribune.com





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