Kris Dunn will be returning to Providence for his junior season, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.
It’s a risky move for Dunn, who has twice had seasons ruined as a result of injuries to his right shoulder. He’s currently projected as the No. 13 pick in the 2015 draft, according to Draft Express, and it’s hard to imagine that he would really improve his draft position much more if he was to return to school. Dunn is a terrific playmaker and an excellent defender, but he turns the ball over far too much and has struggled to consistently be a threat as a perimeter shooter.
As a redshirt sophomore with the Friars last season, Dunn averaged 15.6 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 boards and 2.7 steals while leading Providence to the NCAA tournament. That was enough to earn Dunn a spot as an NBCSports.com second-team all-american, and he’ll likely enter the 2015-16 season as a first-team all-american and a potential National Player of the Year.
Obviously, this is massive news for the Friars. And while they lose leading scorer and rebounder LeDontae Henton, Ed Cooley does get back a young, talented core while adding a solid four-man recruiting class. The Friars will be a factor in the Big East race and will be a borderline top 25 team entering the season.