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Kris Dunn leaves Providence’s exhibition game with shoulder injury

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Kris Dunn joined Providence as a McDonald’s All-American, and was suppose to share a back court with Ricky Ledo last season. Unfortunately for Ed Cooley and his Friars that never happened. Ledo didn’t play a single game in a PC uniform, and even before Ledo was ruled ineligible, Dunn was sidelined with a shoulder injury that delayed his collegiate debut until mid-December.

Even without Ledo, Providence is expecting big things from a healthy Dunn in his sophomore season, as he teams up with senior guard Bryce Cotton, who led the Big East Conference in scoring last season at 19.4 points per game. However, Dunn may have suffered another setback. During Saturday night, in an exhibition game with Division III Rhode Island College, Dunn left midway through the first half after hurting the same shoulder that he previously injured, according to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal.

“We’re just really nervous because it’s the same shoulder that he tore. He’s very, very sore. I’m worried about it,” Cooley said after the 97-65 win over RIC.

Dunn was taken to the locker room after he fell in front of the team’s bench. He made his return from the locker room in the second half, though he did not check back into the game. According to McNamara, Dunn was favoring his shoulder during timeouts.

The 6-foot-3 point guard underwent surgery on his right shoulder in the summer of 2012 to fix a torn labrum. He was able to appear in 25 games for the Friars in his freshman season, averaging 5.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Providence is an up-and-coming program under Cooley, who entering his third season. He brings back not only Cotton, but forwards Kadeem Betts and LaDontae Henton. The Friars also add newcomers Brandon Austin, a top-50 recruit, and Tyler Harris and Carson Desrosiers, who both sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Providence has the talent to surprise people in the new Big East, but in order to do that, Dunn needs to be healthy.

The Friars open the season at home on Friday night against Boston College.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.