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."

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2016-2017 Illini Basketball Results

Home: 11-5 | Away: 3-5 | Neutral: 3-2
Record: 17-12 (7-9)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 11Southeast Missouri StW 81-62
Sun, Nov 13Northern KentuckyW 79-64
Tue, Nov 15McKendreeW 112-65
Fri, Nov 18DetroitW 89-69
Mon, Nov 21WinthropL 84-80 OT
Thu, Nov 24West VirginiaL 89-57
Fri, Nov 25Florida StateL 72-61
Tue, Nov 29NC StateW 88-74
Sat, Dec 3VCUW 64-46
Tue, Dec 6IUPUIW 85-77
Sat, Dec 10Central MichiganW 92-73
Sat, Dec 17BYUW 75-73
Wed, Dec 21MissouriW 75-66
Tue, Dec 27@MarylandL 84-59
Sun, Jan 1Ohio StateW 75-70
Sat, Jan 7@IndianaL 96-80
Wed, Jan 11MichiganW 85-69
Sat, Jan 14MarylandL 62-56
Tue, Jan 17@PurdueL 91-68
Sat, Jan 21@MichiganL 66-57
Wed, Jan 25IowaW 76-64
Sat, Jan 28@Penn StateL 71-67
Tue, Jan 31WisconsinL 57-43
Sat, Feb 4MinnesotaL 68-59
Tue, Feb 7@NorthwesternW 68-61
Sat, Feb 11Penn StateL 83-70
Sat, Feb 18@IowaW 70-66
Tue, Feb 21NorthwesternW 66-50
Sun, Feb 26@NebraskaW 73-57
Wed, Mar 1Michigan State8:00pm BTN
Sat, Mar 4@Rutgers11:00am ESPNU
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Sat, Sept 9Western Kentucky 
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Sat, Oct 21@Minnesota 
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Sat, Nov 11Indiana 
Sat, Nov 18@Ohio State 
Sat, Nov 25Northwestern 
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