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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Record: 13-8 (3-5)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 14Georgia SouthernW 80-71
Sun, Nov 16Coppin StateW 114-56
Fri, Nov 21Austin PeayW 107-66
Mon, Nov 24BrownW 89-68
Thu, Nov 27Indiana StateW 88-62
Fri, Nov 28BaylorW 62-54
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Tue, Dec 9VillanovaL 73-59
Sat, Dec 13OregonL 77-70
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Sat, Dec 20MissouriW 62-59
Sat, Dec 27Kennesaw StateW 93-45
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Sat, Jan 3at Ohio StateL 77-61
Wed, Jan 7MarylandW 64-57
Sun, Jan 11at NebraskaL 53-43
Wed, Jan 14at NorthwesternW 72-67
Sun, Jan 18IndianaL 80-74
Wed, Jan 21PurdueW 66-57
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