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Report: Providence guard Kris Dunn expected to play Dec. 18

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Providence is in need of some help. The Friars only played with six scholarship players in Thursday’s 72-57 win over in-state rival, Rhode Island on Thursday night.

Ed Cooley and his Friars have 11 days before the team’s next game, Dec. 18 at home against Colgate. And according to the New London Day, one of Cooley’s star freshmen recruits, Kris Dunn will suit up and make his collegiate debut.

Dunn’s father, John Seldon told Gavin Keefe of New London Day, that doctor’s advised his son to sit out Wednesday’s game against URI, giving him another week to recover before taking the floor on Dec. 18.

“Definitely, he’s going to play against Colgate,” Seldon told The Day.

Dunn, a McDonald’s All-American, was sidelined in June after he needed surgery to fix an injured right shoulder, he suffered while training Under 18-Team USA in Colorado.

The injury took an even bigger hit in September when Cooley’s other top recruit, Ricky Ledo was ruled a partial qualifier this season, meaning he could practice not play. The Friar backcourt got even slimmer when senior Vincent Council went down with a hamstring injury in the season opener against NJIT.

Forward, Sidiki Johnson could also make his PC debut on Dec. 18. The 6-foot-8 forward had to sit out the first half of the season following a mid-season transfer from Arizona in January.

Dunn, considered one of the top point guards in the Class of 2012, will add a talented guard with good size at 6-foot-3. He did the majority of his damage in high school attacking the rim and was hoping to improve his shooting entering his freshman year. He likely took a step back following surgery on his shoulder six months ago.

Providence is 7-2, winning five straight games following Thursday’s win over URI.

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Stanford loses key veteran guard to stress fracture

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Stanford guard Marcus Allen will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot, the school announced on Monday evening.

“We want to make sure Marcus is fully healthy before returning to the court,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said in a statement. “Marcus played at a high level during our summer exhibition competition in Italy, where he was one of our leading scorers. We will certainly miss him as we continue to prepare for the season, but we are fortunate that this happened now and he will be back before he knows it.”

The loss of Allen is a potentially brutal blow in an already-thin back court. The 6-foot-3 Allen started 23 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.5 boards. But he averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 boards as the Cardinal made a run to the NIT championship and looked poised to be able to replace the departed Chasson Randle’s production this year.

What’s worse is that without Allen, Stanford does not return a single player in their back court that averaged more than 11.5 minutes. Sophomore Robert Cartwright looks poised to step into the starting point guard role, but neither Dorian Pickens nor Christian Sanders looked like they were ready for that kind of role in the Pac-12 last season. Dawkins does return Malcolm Allen, Marcus’ twin brother, who sat out last season with a broken wrist.

The good news is that Stanford’s front court is strong enough to carry the Cardinal until Marcus is healthy. Rosco Allen, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey will be able to hold their own against any front line in the Pac-12, while Grant Verhoeven and freshman Josh Sharma will provide adequate depth.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.