Nunn's knee okay, still not 100%

Published 07/02 2014 08:59PM

Updated 07/03 2014 03:00PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn is still not 100 percent healthy after knee surgery more than two months ago.  Illini head coach John Groce expected the sophomore to return to practice as a full participant this week but that plan has been delayed.  Groce hopes to have the Big Ten All-Freshman selection back next week.

"The only thing he's experiencing is soreness in the muscle, not the knee, the knee is fine," Groce said.  "It's just when you haven't done anything like that (practice) for eight weeks, other than lift, you want to take it slow.

"As much as he's done and he's worked really hard in rehab, there is nothing like actually playing.  Sometimes when you sit out you learn to appreciate the game more and you learn it from a different perspective cause you're standing there watching next to the coach instead of playing.  So I think that mentally, from a maturity standpoint has also helped him."

Nunn worked his way into the starting lineup the last half of the season, averaging 12 points per game in the final eight contests.  The Chicago native had a team and career high 19 points at Penn State and Minnesota, helping turn around the Illini season.

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