(WSCR) It’s safe to say it’s been a nice ride for new Illinois basketball coach John Groce.

In his first seven months on the job, Groce has put together a top-25 recruiting class.

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Rivals.com lists the class as No. 10 nationally, while Scout.com ranks it No. 22.

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Included in his efforts are two highly sought-after recruits from Chicago’s Simeon High School – guards Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate.

Groce also landed forward Austin Colbert of New Jersey, wing Malcolm Hill of Belleville and center Maverick Morgan of Ohio.

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“One of the top goals we had in this first year here was to sign a five-player class that fits our needs at every position, and I couldn’t be more pleased with our results,” Groce said in a news release. “These are five outstanding young men who have tremendous character, come from great families, and of course excel on the basketball floor.”