Kendrick Nunn to be honored by men’s basketball program

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Former Oakland men’s basketball star Kendrick Nunn will have his jersey raised at the O’rena on Feb. 18.

Matthew Scheidel, Sports Editor

The Oakland University men’s basketball program will be honoring former player and current NBA star Kendrick Nunn by raising a banner bearing his name in the O’rena on Feb. 18 before their game against Wright State.

Nunn will be in attendance according to Oakland University Athletic Director, Steve Waterfield.

“I talked to Coach Kampe, and we decided it was appropriate to honor Kendrick for his contributions at OU,” Waterfield said. “As we looked at it, it just lined up well where there’s actually a break in the NBA schedule for the All-Star break [where we can] get him here and do that.”

Nunn will be the fifth former men’s basketball player to be honored at the O’rena, joining Keith Benson, Travis Bader, Rawle Marshall and Scott Bittinger. 

“Kendrick has made us all proud with how he has excelled in the NBA and in life,” men’s basketball Head Coach Greg Kampe said. “I can’t wait to see his banner hanging in the O’rena.”

Oakland does not retire jersey numbers per say, rather they hang a banner with the player’s name on it. Kampe has a policy where a player must graduate in order to be honored. 

Waterfield said he was happy that Nunn will have the opportunity to be honored for his accomplishments at Oakland.

“It’s obviously a tremendous accomplishment for Kendrick and one that though I wasn’t here when he played — I wish I was — I’ve heard a lot of great things about him and what he did on and off the court while he was at Oakland University,” Waterfield said. 

Nunn started his college career at the University of Illinois, where he was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2012-13. He averaged 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game over three seasons and scored over 1,000 points in 96 games played, becoming the 48th Illini to score over 1,000 points.

He transferred to Oakland in June 2016, redshirting the following season. In 2017-18, he was the Horizon League Player of the Year, scoring 30 points or more in 11 games that season, which led the country. 

He ranks inside the Oakland single-season top 10 in several categories, including field goals made (262; fifth), field goal attempts (602; second), three-point field goals made (134; fourth) and three-point field goal attempts (340; second).

Nunn went undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft. He floated around the G-league for a year before signing with the Miami Heat in 2019, where he finally broke out, winning multiple Rookie of the Month awards. 

He was named to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie first team and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting to Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Nunn played in the 2020 NBA Finals with the Heat, scoring 18 points in Game 1 of the series. The Heat would ultimately lose the series in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that Nunn currently plays for.

The Post reached out to Nunn for comment, but did not get a response.