Up until this point we’ve pretty much assumed that Kris Dunn would be on the court come January after recovering from his shoulder injury. Everything Coach Cooley and Dunn have been saying recently would back up that assumption. At BIG EAST Media Day yesterday, Cooley talked about not rushing Dunn back, and waiting until he was 100%. What if that takes longer than expected?
Jeff Borzello of CBS wrote a story about PC’s future backcourt which included Cooley discussing the possibility of Kris Dunn taking a medical redshirt.
“Kris is coming along,” Cooley said. “Emotionally, he’s a little bit beat up, since he’s never been this situation. He’s out of his sling, and he’s made the best of it.”
The doctors have said Dunn should be able to return in December or January, but it depends on his recovery. Cooley mentioned the chance that Dunn would have to redshirt, if he decides it’s not worth it to rush him back from injury.
“It’s a possibility. But I’m trying to get him for every Big East game. I need him,” Cooley said. “But I’m in it for the long haul.”
While it sounds like Dunn is on the right track to being ready for the 2nd half of the season, Friartown is going to have to once again take a wait and see approach. Kris Dunn is the most important piece to Ed Cooley’s rebuilding process, and he isn’t going to mess around by risking that for a chance at a slightly better season now. Expectations are not exactly high this year, but not having Dunn for any part of the season would put a bit of damper on any thoughts of improving much on last year’s 4 win season.