If Providence’s Kris Dunn had declared for the NBA Draft a year ago, he likely would have been taken in the lottery. He didn’t. He went back to school for one more season, where he was Big East Play of the Year (for a second straight year) and led Providence back to the NCAA Tournament (where his team fell to North Carolina).
He’s not doing that again. Dunn is going pro.
Providence’s Kris Dunn will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, sources told CBS Sports….
The 6-foot-4 Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.3 rebounds this past season.
Dunn is projected as a Top 5-7 pick (DraftExpress has him at No. 5 currently). He’s going to go high in the lottery regardless.
“There were two main areas people wanted to see Dunn address this year, shooting and decision-making, but neither changed very much. He is still a very good ballhandler with excellent vision, and he can be a spectacular passer, but his decisions can still be mindboggling.
“He thrives when Providence pushes the tempo, doing a great job getting the ball up the floor quickly and finding open teammates for easy scores. He did show improvement in the half court, and he can be very tough to keep out of the lane. Getting to the rim and scoring is a different issue; Dunn can have a lot of problems finishing around length at the basket, but if he has just a little space, he can finish in a spectacular way. Dunn’s perimeter shooting issues are still there.
“On defense, Dunn is much better as a help defender or off the ball, rather than an on-ball defender, but in certain match-ups, he can be a problem on the ball. His steal numbers are still high, and he is very good at jumping passing lanes, but he seems to have a green light from his coach to wander around looking to make plays on defense, where he won’t have that luxury in the NBA.”