Our friends over at ESPN's basketball recruiting section have lots of news on the Kris Dunn front this afternoon.
The New London, Conn. native, currently ranked the nation's No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2012, told senior analyst Dave Telep earlier today that he will decide between Providence and UConn by the end of the week. Dunn also told Telep that that after deciding on transferring to Wilbraham & Monson Academy earlier this summer, he will finish out his career at New London High after all.
"My dad and my family sat back a little and thought about it and they want me to go back to New London and finish what I've started," Dunn told Telep.
Whichever Big East school ends up landing him, Telep thinks it's a slam dunk:
Not only is Dunn the No. 2-ranked point guard in the class, he's really only one of a handful of impact point guards in the entire class. You can count on him to get in the lane and create on offense but also put his size and length to use on the other side of the ball. Athletically, there isn't another point guard close to him on the board. With James Robinson (Hyattsville, Md./Dematha) headed to Pittsburgh, Dunn's stock went up again; not like he needed an artificial boost since he was outstanding in July.
Meanwhile ESPN's Adam Finkelstein, founder of the New England Recruiting Report and arguably the New England region's foremost authority on basketball recruiting, believes the Friars will win the sweepstakes, noting several factors:
Dunn teamed with Andre Drummond (Middletown, Conn./Wilbraham & Monson) on the Connecticut Basketball Club and, as I noted in an earlier blog Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was hardly a fixture at every one of CBC's games this summer.
In fact, after the first week of the live period, he wouldn't watch Drummond and Dunn play live again until AAU nationals began in Orlando on July 27.
Conversely, Providence coach Ed Cooley was front and center almost every time Dunn took the court in July and when he wasn't, associate coach Andre Lafleur (who was previously a long time assistant at Connecticut) was in his spot.
If you were keeping tabs of which schools, and specifically head coaches, were following CBC the most this summer you would have to list Louisville, Georgetown and Pittsburgh just as much, if not more, than Connecticut.
However, Dunn is a Connecticut native who grew up, like most local kids, dreaming of playing for the Huskies.
But there is also the question of available scholarships. Connecticut projects to have 12 available for the 2012-2013 season and with no graduating seniors among this year's 10 scholarship players and SG Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn/Christ The King) having already verbally committed for 2012, they would appear to have only one scholarship to work with.
Of course there is the possibility of someone like Jeremy Lamb leaving early for the NBA Draft, but taking a commitment from another guard right now, especially one who plays the same position as incoming freshman point guard Ryan Boatright, would leave the Huskies seemingly unable to pursue another 2012 commitment. And it appears the Huskies are in hot pursuit of a big man, judging from their roster and current recruiting activity.
When you put together all of the information, the third sentence in Telep's blog might have tells the story, "I'd hedge my bets on Providence in this one."