Kendrick Nunn

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Kendrick Nunn
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Nunn after winning the 2013 IHSA championship
No. 25 – Miami Heat
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1995-08-03) August 3, 1995 (age 23)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolSimeon (Chicago, Illinois)
College
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–2019Santa Cruz Warriors
2019–presentMiami Heat
Career highlights and awards

Kendrick Melvin Nunn (born August 3, 1995) is an American basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team.[1] Nunn sat out a season due to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) transfer rules. Nunn previously played three seasons at the University of Illinois. He was dismissed from the team following the 2015–16 season. He was named to the 2013–14 Big Ten season All-Freshman team. He was the 2018 Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year after leading the nation in three point shots made per game.

High school career[edit]

Nunn dunks an alley-oop pass from Jaylon Tate.
Nunn in the 2013 Illinois High School Association championship game
Nunn dunks an inbounds alley oop from Jabari Parker over Jahlil Okafor.
Nunn dunks in the 2013 Illinois High School Association playoffs

As a freshman, Nunn received his first scholarship offer from the late Rick Majerus while he was the head coach at Saint Louis University.[2] In talking about schools he was considering, Nunn listed Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and UCLA.[3][4]

During his senior season, Simeon Career Academy celebrated its senior night by retiring Nunn's No. 20 and teammate Jabari Parker's No. 22.[5] Nunn and Parker joined Derrick Rose, Bobby Simmons and Benji Wilson as the only other Wolverine basketball players to have their jersey number retired.[6] Over the course of his high school career, Nunn won four IHSA state titles with Simeon.

Initially, Nunn had verbally committed to Texas A&M before the start of his junior year in August 2011.[7] About two months later, Nunn had announced his de-commitment from Texas A&M to re-open his recruiting process. Nunn's father, Melvin, explained that Kendrick felt he committed too quickly in the process and wants to further explore all of his options.[8]

After his official visit to Illinois, Nunn verbally committed to the program and coach John Groce on September 15, 2012.[3]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kendrick Nunn
SG
Chicago Simeon (Illinois) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 15, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: 86
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 59, 12 (SG)   Rivals: 60, 18 (SG)  ESPN: 61, 14 (SG)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2013 Illinois Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  • "2013 Illinois Basketball Commitment List". Scout.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  • "2013 Illinois Basketball Commitment List". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  • "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014.

College career[edit]

He made his first start for the Fighting Illini on February 9, 2014, against Penn State, scoring 19 points and helping the team end an eight-game losing streak.[9][10] Nunn tied his career high of 19 points starting against Minnesota in Minneapolis on February 19,[11] and he was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week on February 24, 2014, for his efforts in helping the Illini to a win.[12][13] Following wins over Nebraska[14] and Michigan State,[15] in which Nunn averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, Nunn repeated as Big Ten Freshman of the Week on March 3.[16] Following the regular season Nunn was named to the 2013–14 Big Ten All-freshman team by the coaches.[17][18]

Nunn was dismissed from the Illinois basketball team on May 24, 2016, after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.[19] Almost a month later, he transferred to Oakland University.[20] Nunn had to sit out for the 2016–17 season per NCAA transfer rules.[21] Nunn earned Horizon League Player of the Week for the 2017–18 Oakland Golden Grizzlies three times: November 13, December 18 and January 22.[22][23][24]

As a senior, Nunn led NCAA Division I with 4.47 Three-point shots made per game,[25] and he finished second in scoring to Trae Young with a 25.9 point per game average.[26] On February 28, 2018, Nunn was chosen as the Horizon League Player of the Year.[27]

College statistics[edit]

Through 2017–18 season

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Illinois 35 12 19.5 45.6 38.8 80.8 1.7 1.1 0.6 0.1 6.2
2014–15 Illinois 33 24 30.2 40.1 36.0 81.7 3.5 1.9 1.2 0.2 11.1
2015–16 Illinois 28 25 35.1 42.8 39.1 79.4 5.0 1.7 1.5 0.2 15.5
2016–17 Oakland Did not play – transfer
2017–18 Oakland 30 26 37.9 43.5 39.4 83.8 4.7 3.8 1.5 0.4 25.9
Career 126 87 30.1 42.8 38.6 82.1 3.6 2.1 1.2 0.2 14.2

Professional career[edit]

Santa Cruz Warriors (2018–2019)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Nunn signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Golden State Warriors.[28] The contract guarantees him a spot on the Warriors NBA Summer League roster and an invitation to their fall camp, plus some guaranteed money.[29] The Warriors released him on October 12.[30] He was then added to the roster of the Warriors’ NBA G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.[31] In his November 4 professional debut in the NBA G League, Nunn recorded 15 points in a 118-108 win against the Northern Arizona Suns.[32] On November 10, he posted 32 points off the bench against the Iowa Energy.[33]

Miami Heat (2019–present)[edit]

On April 10, 2019, the Miami Heat announced that they had signed Nunn.[34]

International play[edit]

In March 2011, Nunn was among the 24 players who earned an invitation to the June 10–18, 2011 tryouts for FIBA U16 competition at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[35] Nunn was one of four Chicago products to emerge from the 27-man tryouts as part of the 12-man team.[36] He won a gold medal in the 2011 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship, with Team USA in Cancun, Mexico. This qualified the United States for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. The team, which was coached by Don Showalter of Mid-Prairie High School, scored over 100 points in each outing.[37]

Nunn was selected for the USA team that competed in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania from June 29 – July 8, 2012 along with Simeon teammate Parker and Whitney Young rival Jahlil Okafor.[38] Again, Nunn won a gold medal with Team USA.[39][40]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Paul, Tony (June 23, 2016). "Ex-Illinois star Nunn to join Golden Grizzlies". Detroit News. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Kane, Colleen (December 6, 2012). "S1MEON All Access, Spotlight on Kendrick Nunn". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Helfgot, Mike (September 15, 2012). "Simeon's Nunn picks Illinois". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "Kendrick Nunn". USA Basketball. July 10, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Kane, Colleen (January 25, 2014). "Simeon All Access - Parker, Nunn do work before jersey numbers retired". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Powers, Scott (February 1, 2013). "Simeon retires numbers of Parker, Nunn". ESPN. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Powers, Scott (August 7, 2011). "Kendrick Nunn commits to Texas A&M". ESPN. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  8. ^ Powers, Scott (September 29, 2011). "Kendrick Nunn de-commits from Aggies". ESPN. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  9. ^ Ryan, Shannon (February 10, 2014). "Freshman starters Kendrick Nunn, Malcolm Hill energize Illinois: Groce plans to stick with new lineup after ending eight-game skid at Penn State". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Nunn's 2nd half lifts Illinois past Penn St. 60-55". ESPN. February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  11. ^ "Nunn helps Illinois shoot down Minnesota, 62-49". ESPN. February 19, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Nunn Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week". FighitngIllini.com. February 24, 2014. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Michigan and Illinois Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "Illinois ends Nebraska streak with 60-49 win". ESPN. February 26, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  15. ^ "Illinois stuns No. 18 Michigan State at home". ESPN. March 1, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  16. ^ "Indiana and Illinois Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  17. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2014 Men's Basketball Postseason Honors: Michigan's Stauskas named Big Ten Player of the Year". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  18. ^ "2013-14 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team" (PDF). CSTV.com. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  19. ^ Ryan, Shannon (May 24, 2016). "Illinois dismisses Kendrick Nunn from basketball team". Chicago Tribune.
  20. ^ Ryan, Shannon (June 22, 2016). "Dismissed Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn transferring to Oakland". Chicago Tribune.
  21. ^ Snyder, Mark (June 22, 2016). "Oakland to get Illinois transfer Kendrick Nunn". Detroit Free Press.
  22. ^ "#HLMBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: NOV. 13". Horizon League. November 13, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  23. ^ "#HLMBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: DEC. 18". Horizon League. December 18, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  24. ^ "#HLMBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: JAN. 22". Horizon League. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  25. ^ Stoia, George (June 22, 2018). "Oakland's Kendrick Nunn agrees to deal with Golden State Warriors". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  26. ^ Norlander, Matt (November 28, 2018). "Court Report: Overreaction to the NCAA's new NET rankings, timeline on Silvio De Sousa and the worst injury so far". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  27. ^ "Horizon League announces 2018 #HLMBB All-league teams and award winners" (Press release). Horizon League. February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  28. ^ "Kendrick Nunn agrees to partially guaranteed deal with Warriors". 247sports. June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  29. ^ Paul, Tony (June 22, 2018). "Curry fan Kendrick Nunn signs contract with Warriors". Detroit News. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  30. ^ "Warriors Waive Davis, House Jr., Nunn and Ulis". NBA.com. October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  31. ^ "Santa Cruz Warriors Announce 2018 Training Camp Roster & Schedule". NBA.com. October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  32. ^ Withee, Jacob (November 4, 2018). "Suns Run Out of Time in 2018-19 Season Opener". NBA.com. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  33. ^ Seimas, Jim (November 10, 2018). "G League Basketball: Kendrick Nunn torches Iowa for 32 points as Santa Cruz adds triple-double, two double-doubles". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  34. ^ "HEAT Signs Kendrick Nunn". NBA.com. April 10, 2019. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  35. ^ "2011-12 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Announced". USA Basketball. March 24, 2011. Archived from the original on May 31, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  36. ^ Powers, Scott (June 13, 2011). "Parker leads Illinois national quartet". ESPN. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  37. ^ "Second FIBA Americas U16 Championship For Men -- 2011". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  38. ^ Powers, Scott (June 19, 2012). "Chicago trio makes USA U-17 squad". ESPN HS. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  39. ^ Powers, Scott (July 8, 2012). "Okafor named World Championship MVP". ESPN HS. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  40. ^ "FIBA U17 - USA repeat undefeated golden title". FIBA.com. July 7, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2014.

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