By Joe Henricksen
Simeon's Kendrick Nunn has narrowed his list to five schools. The final five standing, in no particular order: Marquette, Illinois, Memphis, UCLA and Ohio State.
Kendrick's father, Melvin Nunn, says the process now will be about getting to know these final five programs and coaching staffs. Nunn will set up official visits and take his time before narrowing it down to "two or three schools," says Melvin.
"He wants to experience the recruiting process," says Melvin Nunn of his son Kendrick, who has been busy all summer playing with not only his high school and Meanstreets AAU team, but also the U.S. National Team. "It's a big decision. He will take his time, set up some visits and narrow it down to two or three schools. Then he will decide."
Kendrick Nunn, who helped lead Simeon to a state championship the past two seasons and is among the top 50 prospects in the country, will be looking at four main criteria, according to Melvin Nunn:
1) The make-up of the roster.
2) The relationship with the coaching staff.
3) The team's style of play.
4) A program that is going to win.
After playing for a state championship team at Simeon and a gold medal team the past two summers with the U.S. National Team, the fourth criteria on the list will be important. Nunn is used to winning.
"Losing is like a cancer and it will beat you down," says Melvin. "Kendrick wants to be a part of program that is going to win."
And Melvin wants his son to win, too.
"Believe me, I don't want to be in those stands watching Kendrick lose and walking out of those arenas like that," Melvin says with a laugh. "But we will look at everything as he narrows it down."
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