A promising looking season for the Providence Friars has taken a hit as they’ve lost standout freshman point guard Kris Dunn to a torn labrum. Dunn is expected to have shoulder surgery in two weeks and will miss at least four to six months. Because that timetable puts his return right around mid-December, Dunn may be redshirted and miss the entire season.
Dunn had this to say:
“It’s very tough. I just can’t play basketball, that’s all I know. Just sitting out for five months not being able to play basketball will be totally different. It’s a disaster for me and my family. It’s a downfall for us. Hopefully, I can bounce back. Providence fans wanted to see me and Ricardo (Ledo) and other new recruits coming in. Hopefully, they understand the process that I’m going through and I’ll get back on my feet.”
Dunn and Ledo, a shooting guard, were supposed to combine to make arguably the best freshman backcourt in Providence history while also taking the program to new heights. The Friars have spent their fair share of time in the Big East basement and were hoping that this year’s spectacular recruiting class would mesh with Vincent Council and LaDontae Henton to make Providence a contender in the conference.
Dunn, ranked #23 in the ESPNU Top 100, is not the only freshman Friar to suffer and injury. Ian Baker also tore his ACL. On top of all of that, there are still questions as to whether or not Ledo will qualify academically to play.
Despite all of this, head coach Ed Cooley is optimistic with the team going forward. With Ledo in the fold, they will still have success, but the loss of Dunn is a huge blow.