2012-2013 Player Preview Countdown: #4 Kris Dunn

dave@friarblog —  November 6th, 2012 2:22 PM —  Comments
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Dunn will likely spend 2012 on the bench

Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

#4. Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn was Providence’s first recruit to be an McDonald’s All-American since God Shammgod in 1995. Along with Ricardo Ledo, he headlined a highly rated recruiting class that unfortunately may not be completely realized until next season. As Ledo works out his partial qualifier status, Kris Dunn needs to heal from an injured shoulder that will keep him off the court until December or January (if everything goes as expected). His return will give Ed Cooley and the Friars a boost of talent and much needed depth, and hopefully provide fans a taste of great things to come.

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Follow: Twitter: @ShowTime_Dunn (private)

Stud stats: Dunn broke Tyson Wheeler’s all time scoring record at New London High School, and finished his career with 2,201 total points. His senior season was all around dominant, as he frequently had games with over 30 points and 15+ rebounds.

Dud stats: I followed a lot of New London games last year to see what Kris Dunn could do, and there wasn’t much he did wrong. However, there were a few games where he got into foul trouble, and even fouled out multiple times in key situations.

I know what you did last summer: On July 3rd, Dunn went under the knife to repair a torn labrum and fractured bone in his shoulder. He had to wear a sling for the next couple of months as he attended summer school at PC.

Know your role: Once healthy, the versatile Dunn will improve the Friars on both ends of the court from a wide variety of positions. When Council is the floor general, Dunn will be able to play off the ball and excel in the transition game. He’ll be the Gerard Coleman we always wanted! More importantly, Council can actually REST or even try his hand as the off-guard while Dunn gets his feet wet at his future full-time position. If his high school games are any indication, he will also bring great rebounding to the guard position in addition to his scoring. Rotation-wise Kris may come off the bench for the first few games, but I would imagine he’ll be starting for good in no time.

Relevant Tune: Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay-Z

You gotta get, that, dirt off your shoulder
You gotta get, that, dirt off your shoulder

If Kris Dunn was a TV Show: The Mentalist – I’ve never actually watched this show, but a quick look at Wikipedia says the main character solves crimes by using highly developed observational skills to “read” people’s minds. I don’t think Dunn will need to solve crimes (unless you consider having 1 point guard for the last several years a crime), but he is going to have to rely on observational skills to pick up things from the bench until he can play.

Best case scenario: The shoulder heals completely and Dunn is out on the court for the BIG EAST opener against Louisville, one day shy of 6 months after his surgery. While the best case scenario is obviously that he doesn’t miss a beat and becomes an instant impact player, that is not a very reasonable expectation. Dunn will likely have to shake some rust off and adjust to the college game, all while being thrown immediately into the rigors of the BIG EAST. What can Friartown hope for? A healthy Dunn who gets better as the season rolls along, and allows Vincent Council to get some actual rest at the point guard position. Valuable experience is gained throughout the tough BIG EAST schedule, setting the table for a huge 2013-2014 season. Stats: 29 mpg, 10 points per game, 5 rebounds per game

Worst case scenario: The rehab takes a turn for the worse, and Dunn just can’t get completely healthy as the new year rings in. With the Friars floundering out on the court, Ed Cooley decides to play it safe and redshirt the McDonald’s All-American.

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