(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.READ MORE: Nearly 18,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Rivals.com lists the class as No. 10 nationally, while Scout.com ranks it No. 22.READ MORE: When Insurance Company Wouldn't Budge On His Claim, He Took Matters Into His Own Hands; Who Monitors Complaints Against Insurers In Illinois?
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.MORE NEWS: Local Vaccination Sites Begin Administering Pfizer Vaccine To Kids Ages 12 To 15 Thursday; Some Sites Extend Hours
“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.”