Kendrick Melvin Nunn was born on August 3rd, 1995 in Chicago. Nunn went to high school at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago where he played for the Wolverines. He played for Rick Majerus, who during Nunn’s senior season, decided to have Nunn’s jersey retired. Nunn joined Derrick Rose as one of only a handful of players to have their jersey retired. Nunn helped the team to four Illinois High School Association state titles while he was there.
He originally decided to go to Texas A&M before de-committing a few months later. A year later, Nunn officially committed to attend The University of Illinois. He was kicked off the team after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge and eventually transferred to Oakland University. After sitting out for a year due to his legal issues, Nunn returned in the 2017-2018 season and immediately won three Player of the Week awards. In his senior year, Nunn led the division in 3-point shooting, and he was second in scoring with 25.9 points per game. That season, Nunn was voted the Horizon League Player of the Year.
Nunn went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft and ended up in the Warriors organization on the G-League Warriors. He would average 19.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists with them. In 2019, Nunn would sign with the Miami Heat. Nunn broke the record for most points scored in the first five games by an undrafted player with 112. In September of 2020, Nunn was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and played a pivotal role in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, although the Heat lost to the Lakers in six games. With more consistency, the sky is the limit for Nunn—and his future with the Heat looks bright.
By STEVE FARACE