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Dunn's season at PC comes to an end

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: The Day

Published December 12. 2013 4:00AM
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Kris Dunn of Providence (3) steals the basketball from Karvel Anderson of Robert Morris in a NIT game on March 25. Dunn, the former New London High School star, will have shoulder surgery in the next few weeks and miss the rest of the season.
Former NLHS star will have shoulder surgery

For the second time in less than two years, Kris Dunn will undergo shoulder surgery, which will sideline him for the remainder of his sophomore season at Providence College.

Dunn, a former New London High School basketball standout, is expected to have season-ending surgery in the next several weeks, according to his father, John Seldon. Providence announced the news on Wednesday.

He had surgery on the same right shoulder to repair a torn labrum in July of 2012, forcing him to miss the first nine games of his freshman season. He appeared in 25 games, averaging 5.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Dunn reinjured his shoulder in an exhibition game against Rhode Island College on Nov. 2. He sat out three games and attempted to come back, playing four games before returning to the sidelines. He averaged 3.8 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in limited action.

Seldon said that Dunn was experiencing some pain prior to the Rhode Island College game.

"He played in that game and had pain on that shoulder and rolled on it and made it slide out," Seldon said. "Doctors looked at it and said fight through the pain or have an operation. Kris wanted to fight through the pain, but it's not worth it. He'd probably do more damage.

"It's just a crazy situation."

Seldon expressed frustration over the handling of Dunn's injury situation prior to the latest setback.

"He had the whole summer off and worked out," Seldon said, referring to last summer. "At some point, he had to be healthy. Somewhere something happened, but it's basketball.

" I'm not a doctor and not the coach. I'm just a parent. (Coach Ed Cooley) runs his program the way he runs his program. I'm not mad at the coach.

" You can call it a fluke accident. I don't know. I don't go to practice, so I don't know what's going on. It is what it is. If I've got a kid coming off an injury, I'm going to be watching him. The kid came back from a major injury and was healthy. I would try to take care of him."

Providence plans to apply for a medical hardship waiver with the Big East. If Dunn receives the waiver, he'll have three years of eligibility left starting with the 2014-15 season.

"We're looking forward to assisting Kris as he recovers from his surgery," Cooley said in a released statement.

"His health and well-being are our primary concern. There is no question that he will rebound from this and continue to improve as a basketball player.

"We are confident that Kris will be a key member of our team in 2014-15."

Seldon is encouraging his son to focus on his school work.

"He's doing all right," Seldon said of Dunn's state of mind. "He's just trying to stay to himself right now. It's a lot for him."

Dunn, who earned McDonald's All-American honors and graduated as New London's all-time leading scorer, was expected to play a major role for Providence this season. He showed great promise as a freshman despite his late start to the season.

He was ready to be the full-time point guard this season after moving around last season.

"Coming off the shoulder injury (last year), he played in the Big East as a forward," Seldon said. "Not as a guard, but a forward. He was mad about that. He played against some serious talent. And he did pretty well. He was allowed to only do so much and dealt with it.

"This was a big year for him. It's a shame that it happened."

g.keefe@theday.com

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