Kendrick Nunn dismissed from Illini basketball


Austin Yattoni | The Daily Illin

Nunn played 96 games in his Illini career

Senior guard Kendrick Nunn has been dismissed from Illinois basketball, according to a statement from Athletic Director Josh Whitman and head coach John Groce.

“We have not reached this decision easily; we care deeply about Kendrick and want him to be successful,” the statement said. “We think it best for our program to reaffirm our core values of trust and respect, to send a strong message about what is acceptable behavior for our student-athletes at the University of Illinois, and to part ways with Kendrick.”

Nunn turned himself in on March 17 on charges of domestic battery. He then pleaded guilty to domestic battery May 18.

Nunn is taking part in a program that requires him to do 100 hours of community service, participate in a partner abuse intervention program, write an apology letter and pay a $200 fine. If Nunn completes the program, he will not have a conviction on his record.

Nunn is the second Illini player to be dismissed and the fourth player arrested in the last year. Darius Paul was dismissed after he was arrested for resisting an officer while on a basketball trip to France. Jaylon Tate was allowed back on the team with no penalty after his charges for domestic violence were dropped by the State’s Attorney. Leron Black was brought back but will serve a six-game suspension to start the season.

Nunn scored a total of 1,018 points last season and was the second-leading scorer and rebounder behind only Malcolm Hill.
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