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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.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.