2013 Simeon Career Academy shooting guard Kendrick Nunn announced earlier today his final college school list. The top-50 guard named Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Ohio State and UCLA, in no particular order, as potential destinations.
The 6-foot-1 lefty is rising up recruit rankings after helping Simeon to its third straight state title, a gold medal in the U-17 FIBA Championship and a successful summer AAU circuit with Meanstreets.
And Friday afternoon, his father, Melvin, listed four factors that his son will help choose the school where he attends college.
Using those four factors, here’s a look at where Marquette stands on each of his four factors. Of course Nunn will choose from more than which schools factor best into his main wants, but his decision surely will take into consideration the criteria his father listed. Here they are:
1. The make-up of the roster
As it pertains to Marquette, the status of Todd Mayo potentially could factor into Nunn’s decision. Should Nunn chose Marquette, he would be the No. 3 option behind Vander Blue and Mayo, or the No. 2 option behind just Blue. There’s a real chance Mayo returns in 2012, and subsequently 2013 when Nunn arrives, so Nunn most likely would not be used as a starter out of the gates.
Still, as a combo guard, Nunn would factor in as a freshman following T.J. Taylor’s transfer earlier this summer. If Nunn doesn’t believe he should be a freshman starter, he would play a significant role as a sophomore after Blue graduates when Nunn is a freshman. Marquette’s lack of outside scoring would receive a boost from Nunn’s skill set.
Ranks: Memphis, Marquette, Illinois, Ohio State, UCLA
2. Strong relationship with the coaching staff
Many recruits have vocalized their relationships with Buzz Williams as a major factor in their commitment, including what Marquette’s coach teaches off the court. Nunn has visited Marquette, and assistant Issac Chew was recruiting Nunn as an Illinois assistant, and has strong connections in Chicago.
Ranks: Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, UCLA, Ohio State
Note: Extremely tough to tell on these rankings, but Illinois has been on Nunn the longest, and Chew has Chicago ties. Ohio State came on latest, and Nunn has not visited UCLA yet. Take these rankings with a grain of salt, as they’re just speculation at this point.
3. The team’s style of play
Kendrick’s father, Melvin, is on record as being a fan of Marquette’s style of play as it pertains to his son. As he said to Scout.com:
“What stands out about Marquette is definitely the style of play,” [Melvin] said of the Golden Eagles. “It fits Kendrick’s game well, and the staff fits Kendrick perfectly. They have a track record of developing guys to a higher level ever since Buzz Williams became a part of that program. Also they are winning right now, and have pieces in place to win now and later.”
No one on Nunn’s official list plays faster than Marquette, and that could pay dividends when it comes time for the top-50 guard to make final decision.
Ranks: Marquette, Memphis, Ohio State, UCLA, Illinois
4. A winning program
There’s no beating around the bush that Ohio State and UCLA have incomparable track records in terms of winning, but Marquette has done just fine for itself since Williams took over. Back-to-back Sweet 16s and seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances have the Golden Eagles on the up-and-coming, and Williams has begun to pull in top-100 recruits on a regular basis.
If Nunn chooses based on the history and future of winning programs, UCLA and Ohio State has the edge. But Marquette is no slouch in the winning category, and one could argue that, under Williams, Marquette is close to the Bruins and Buckeyes in future successes.
Ranks: UCLA, Ohio State, Marquette, Illinois, Memphis
Note: All five schools are highly successful,with UCLA and Ohio State above the other three. Marquette has had the most recent success, and Illinois is above Memphis being in the Big Ten vs. C-USA.