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With only 10 scholarship players available, five of whom are freshmen, Groce does not have a ton of depth at his disposal. Freshman point guard Jaylon Tate was the most ready for college basketball at the beginning of the season despite being the lowest rated of the five freshmen. Tate takes care of the ball and is the team's best distributor but struggles creating his own offense.
Austin Colbert's minutes have dwindled as the season has gone on, as he has yet to prove that he is anything more than just a dunker. Maverick Morgan has played better as the season has worn on, as he is willing to play physically in the paint. The 6'10" center takes up space defensively, rebounds and can even step out and hit the mid-range jumper.
Malcolm Hill has played the majority of his freshman campaign out of position, being slotted at power forward instead of his natural small forward position. Hill played some SF on Saturday night, though, and was successful doing so, scoring seven points in 11 minutes of action.
Guard Kendrick Nunn has been one of Illinois' most consistent players in Big Ten play. Nunn also added seven points against Iowa. Nunn is a smooth-stroking lefty who is also capable of attacking the rack. Nunn is one of the team's top defenders and, as a fearless freshman, could be one of the league's top players in the near future.