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KP's Layman makes first Team USA U18 cut

June, 8, 2012
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King Philip senior forward Jake Layman was announced tonight as one of 14 finalists for USA Basketball's U18 team that will compete at the FIBA Americas Championship later this month..

The 14 finalists will continue to train through June 11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The official 12-man 2012 USA Men’s U18 National Team will be selected prior to the team’s June 12 departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao SebastiŠo do Paraiso, Brazil. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

The 6-foot-8, Maryland-bound Layman was named ESPN Boston's Mr. Basketball following a decorated career at KP that will go down as the greatest in program history. He is also a two-time Super Teamer on ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team. As a senior this year, he led the Warriors to their most single-season wins (18) in school history, and was named the Hockomock League's MVP for the second straight year after averaging 26.5 points, 15 rebounds and 5.8 blocks. For his career, he finished with 1,752 points, 1,098 rebounds and 391 blocks.

"This trials has been very difficult," said USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee Chair Jim Boeheim in a statement. "You had 23 guys who all are really good players, there wasn’t a bad player here. To get down to 12 is going to be difficult but I think we’re going to end up with a really good athletic team that is going to be very well coached.

"I think we’ve got an unbelievable coaching staff. I think we’ve got guys that have won, been winners, won state championships, and I think they’ll represent USA Basketball extremely well in this tournament."

New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn, a Providence commit and McDonald's All-American, was also in camp but did not make the first cut of 14.

For the updated roster as it stands tonight, CLICK HERE.

Dunn, Layman invited to USA U18 camp

April, 20, 2012
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New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn and King Philip forward Jake Layman were among the 24 players who have accepted invitations to the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training camp, to take place June 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Following the first three or four days of training camp, finalists for the team will be selected by the USA Men’s Junior National Team Committee and will continue to train at the USOTC. The official, 12-member 2012 USA Men’s U18 National Team will be selected prior to the team’s departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao SebastiŠo do Paraiso, Brazil. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

The complete roster of training camp invitees can be found by clicking here.

Noel, Dunn named ESPNHS All-Americans

April, 18, 2012
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ESPNHS unveiled its All-American basketball team for the 2011-12 season today, and making the list is Tilton (N.H.) center Nerlens Noel and New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn.

The 6-foot-10 Noel, who last week announced his commitment to Kentucky on ESPNU, was named to the First Team, alongside Bishop Gorman (Nev.) swingman Shabazz Muhammad, St. Anthony (N.J.) forward Kyle Anderson, Flower Mound Marcus (Texas) guard Marcus Smart, and Simeon (Ill.) forward Jabari Parker. Dunn, a Providence signee and the nation's No. 2 overall point guard, was named to the Fourth Team. That adds to what was a dedicated career at New London -- a state championship, four All-State selections, a McDonald's All-American selection, Gatorade Player of the Year, and over 2,000 career points.

You can view the entire team by clicking here. Below is what ESPNHS' panel had to say about its selections of Noel and Dunn:


FIRST TEAM
C -- Nerlens Noel, Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) 6-11 Sr.
The nation's best shot-blocker impacted the game on the defensive end more than any player in the country. Noel averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council Class AA runner-up. With his timing and ability to stay out of foul trouble, many national scouts think the Kentucky recruit is the best long-term prospect in this group.

FOURTH TEAM
G -- Kris Dunn, New London (New London, Conn.) 6-3 Sr.
As a senior, the Providence recruit was a scoring machine for the 23-3 team with a 31.4 per game average. He also had norms of 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals a game while shooting 60 percent on 2-point goals. In one game versus Stonington, he had 32 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals. Dunn, a three-time all-state selection, is the first elite team selection from Connecticut since former NBA forward Charles Smith of Warren Harding (Bridgeport, Conn.) in 1984 and earned numerous end-of-season honors: McDonald's All-American, Gatorade State Player of the Year and media state player of the year.


Locals playing in Jordan Brand Classic

April, 13, 2012
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A total of five players either from the New England region or playing at a New England school will be participating in tomorrow night's Jordan Brand Classic high school all-star game, in Charlotte, N.C. ESPN's Paul Biancardi breaks down players to watch for the game, and mentions several locals, today on ESPN's Basketball Recruiting section:



Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./New London)
PG, 6-3, 180 pounds
College: Providence
He possesses the blow-by speed and quickness with the basketball that's necessary to score at the highest level. Dunn is a high-level athlete who can change directions on a dime in the open floor, break the ankles of a defender with a crossover, get into the lane at will and finish drives at the rim. Once he adds a jump shot, he will be special.

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton School)
C, 6-10, 215 pounds
College: Kentucky
He has established himself as the best shot-blocker in high school and emerged as the top player in the nation without ever worrying about his numbers on the offensive end. The future Wildcat can score the ball inside by using a jump hook or driving from the foul line, but his real value comes from protecting the rim.

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
C, 7-0, 240 pounds
College: Arizona
It's rare to find a big man, like Tarczewski, who is willing to run the floor and has good hands. He works hard to gain deep, low-post position whenever possible, understands the value of screening to free up his teammates and goes after missed shots on both ends. Tarczewski continues to work hard on improving his game and it shows.

Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep)
C, 6-10, 235 pounds
College: Pittsburgh
Adams is the most physically-imposing player in the game thanks to his unique combination of strength and athleticism. He will attack the rim and score with his excellent mobility, huge hands and soft touch inside 15 feet. Defensively, he is very difficult to score over and Noel has said he is the hardest guy he's ever tried to score on.


Dunn wins Conn. Gatorade Player of the Year

March, 22, 2012
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In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Kris Dunn of New London High School as its 2011-12 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Dunn is the second Gatorade Connecticut Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from New London High School.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior guard averaged 31.4 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks per game this past season, leading the Whalers (23-3) to the Class LL semifinals. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, Dunn is the No. 24 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

Dunn has maintained a 3.23 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as an elementary school mentor and tutor and as a youth sports coach.

“Kris Dunn has been a pleasure to coach during his four years as a varsity starter,” said New London Head Coach Craig Parker. “He works extremely hard in the classroom and his passion for basketball is unsurpassed by anyone I’ve known in my 25 years of coaching.”

Dunn has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Providence College this fall.

Dunn joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Boys Basketball Players of the Year Andre Drummond (2010-11, St. Thomas More), Brandon Sherrod (2009-10, Stratford), Greg DeSantis (2008-09, Notre Dame Catholic), Allan Chaney (2007-08, New London), and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (2006–07, South Kent) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Below are the winners from the other New England states:

RHODE ISLAND: JARELL LAWSON, CENTRAL

The 6-foot-4 senior guard and forward led the Knights to a 19-4 record and the Open State Tournament championship this past season. Lawson averaged 19.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. A unanimous First Team All-Division I selection, Lawson was a Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association All-Star. He recorded 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the state-title win over Hope High.

Lawson has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and a youth basketball coach.

“Jarell Lawson can play any position on the floor,” said Jim Champion, head coach at South Kingstown High. “He helped bring the ball up, was a constant threat from the 3-point line and could drive or pull up for a jumper. He also could post down low and score inside. He was very well-rounded.”

Lawson remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: TYLER GENDRON, MERRIMACK

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior forward led the Tomahawks to a 19-6 record and the Division I state title this past season. Gendron averaged 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks per game. Also the state’s 2012 Mr. Basketball as named by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization, he scored 10 points with nine rebounds in the state title-clinching win over Manchester Central.

Gendron has maintained a 4.03 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of the youth-empowerment Leo Club, as a math tutor and youth basketball coach.

“Tyler Gendron is an excellent player and has been a contributing varsity player since he was a sophomore,” said Jeff Gustavson, head coach at Londonderry High. “He has the versatility to make plays on the perimeter and in the post. When we played him he made some very tough shots to help his team win. We had to give him credit for making those shots when his team was down and they needed him.”

Gendron remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

MAINE: GARET BEAL, JONESPORT-BEALS

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound junior wing led the Royals to a 19-2 record and the Class D state championship this past season. Beal recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 75-62, title-clinching victory against Forest Hills High, capturing First Team All-Tournament honors for the second consecutive season. The returning Third Team All-State selection as named by the Bangor Daily News averaged 22.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.6 assists and 1.6 blocks. He shot 61.5 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.2 percent from free throw line.

Beal has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom and serves as a member of his school’s student council. In addition to donating his time on behalf of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered as a positive mentor to elementary school students and as part of both community fundraisers and cleanup efforts.

“Garet is a dream to coach,” said Jonesport-Beals High Head Coach Gordon Faulkingham. “He’s a coach on the floor, the first to practice and the last to leave. He’s too unselfish at times and a great teammate.”

Beal will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

VERMONT: MATT ST. AMOUR, MISSIQUOI VALLEY UNION

The 6-foot-3 junior guard averaged 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game this past season, leading the Thunderbirds (11-10) to the Division I state tournament. The two-time Lake Division Player of the Year, St. Amour is a member of the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen and already holds the school career record for points, with 1,388.

St. Amour has maintained 4.13 GPA in the classroom. Also a soccer standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and has raised funds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“He plays under control and can finish on either side of the basket, and he’s also got great range,” said Peter Quinn, head coach at Vergennes High. “You have to defend him as soon as he gets one or two dribbles over half-court.”

St. Amour will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Jordan Brand Classic rosters announced

February, 2, 2012
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Rosters for the All-American Game of the 11th Annual Jordan Brand Classic were announced this morning, and among the nation's premier high school athletes on the roster are three native New Englanders -- St. Mark's center and Claremont, N.H. native Kaleb Tarczewski, South Kent (Conn.) swingman and Providence native Ricardo Ledo, and New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn.

The game, annually comprised of the nation's top high school seniors and fifth-year players, will take place on April 14 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. It's a triple-header that will begin with the International Game at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Regional Game at 4:30 p.m., and the All-American Game at 7 p.m. The International and regional rosters will be announced at a later date.

ESPN will be carrying coverage of the Classic throughout the day.

Here are the full rosters for the East and West teams for the event:

EAST TEAM

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Kyle Anderson PF 6-8 210 St. Anthony H.S. (Jersey City, NJ) UCLA
Kris Dunn PG 6-3 180 New London H.S. (New London, CT) Providence
Jerami Grant WF 6-7 200 DeMatha Catholic H.S. (Hyattsville, MD) Syracuse
Gary Harris WG 6-4 195 Hamilton Southeastern H.S. (Fishers, IN) Michigan State
Brice Johnson PF 6-9 210 Edisto H.S. (Cordova, SC) North Carolina
Ricardo Ledo WG 6-6 180 South Kent School (South Kent, CT) Providence
Tony Parker C 6-9 270 Miller Grove H.S. (Lithonia, GA) Undecided
Rodney Purvis PG 6-4 190 Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC) N.C. State
Kaleb Tarczweski C 7-0 240 St. Mark’s School (Southborough, MA) Arizona
J.P. Tokoto WF 6-6 195 Menomonee Falls H.S. (Milwaukee, WI) North Carolina

WEST TEAM

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Brandon Ashley PF 6-8 215 Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) Arizona
Isaiah Austin C 7-0 210 Grace Prep (Arlington, TX) Baylor
Anthony Bennett PF 6-8 230 Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) Undecided
Archie Goodwin WG 6-5 181 Sylvan Hills H.S. (Little Rock, AR) Kentucky
Danuel House WF 6-6 185 Hightower H.S. (Houston, TX) Houston
Grant Jerrett WF 6-10 220 La Verne Lutheran H.S. (La Verne, CA) Arizona
Shabazz Muhammad WF 6-6 215 Bishop Gorman H.S. (Las Vegas, NV) Undecided
Marcus Paige PG 6-1 160 Linn-Mar H.S. (Marion, IA) North Carolina
Alex Poythress WF 6-7 215 Northeast H.S. (Clarksville, TN) Kentucky
Rasheed Sulaimon WG 6-3 175 Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, TX) Duke

ESPNU 100 rankings updated

January, 24, 2012
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ESPN's basketball recruiting section has updated the ESPNU 100 rankings for the Class of 2012 today, and there is some significant shakeup involving local players.

Most significant of them all might be Brewster Academy (N.H.) big man Mitch McGary, who fell from No. 2 overall in the country down to No. 21. The Chesterton, Ind. native signed with Michigan last November.

ESPN's Dave Telep explains the drop:


Michigan signee Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy (N.H.)) dipped from No. 2 to No. 21 overall. Why? When a player is ranked that high, it's entirely up to him to stay there. Our vision with his ranking is to reset expectations so that they are reasonable once he arrives at Michigan. We loved his energy and motor in the past, but it's up to McGary to find his comfort zone and return to the level he played at last spring.




In other movement, St. Mark's big man Kaleb Tarczewski cracks the top five, moving up to No. 4, while Notre Dame Prep's New Zealand-bred big man Steven Adams enters the list at No. 5 overall after making his American debut two weekends ago.

New London (Conn.) point guard and Providence signee Kris Dunn moves up to No. 23 overall, six spots better than his previous ranking.

King Philip's Maryland-bound star Jake Layman falls eight spots to No. 61, while Tilton (N.H.) big man and Iowa State signee Georges Niang makes the biggest leap, up 15 spots to No. 68.

St. Mark's Canadian import Nik Stauskas rounds out the locals at No. 78, up five spots.

You can view the entire list here. The locals on the list are copied below:



4. Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0 C, Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's (Mass.)
5. Steven Adams, 6-10 PF, New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)
18. Ricardo Ledo, 6-6 SG, Providence, R.I./South Kent (Conn.)
21. Mitch McGary, 6-10 PF, Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
23. Kris Dunn, 6-3 PG, New London, Conn./New London HS
28. T.J. Warren, 6-7 SF, Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
61. Jake Layman, 6-8 SF, Wrentham, Mass./King Philip HS
68. Georges Niang, 6-7 PF, Methuen, Mass./Tilton (N.H.)
78. Nik Stauskas, 6-6 SF, Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's (Mass.)


Local McDonald's All-American Nominees

January, 18, 2012
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Nominees for the McDonald's All-American Game were announced this morning. The Final Teams announcement for the prestigious high school basketball all-star game will be announced on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., on ESPNU.

The boys and girls games will take place on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago, with the girls game at 7 p.m. and broadcast on ESPNU. The boys game will take place immediately after, at 9:30, and will be on ESPN.

One interesting omission to note is Andover senior guard Nicole Boudreau, a Boston College signee who is the state's defending Gatorade Player of the Year and ESPN Boston Miss Basketball. Boudreau has also been ranked in the ESPNU 100 for the Class of 2012.

Below are the nominees from the New England states:

MASSACHUSETTS
Lexi Sells, Bishop Feehan
Jake Layman, King Philip
Ricardo Ledo, Notre Dame Prep
Kaleb Tarczewski, St. Mark's
Nik Stauskas, St. Mark's

CONNECTICUT
Kris Dunn, New London
Ben Freeland, Suffied Academy
Timajh Parker-Rivera, St. Joseph
Erik Sanders, Suffield Academy
Mike Tobey, Hotchkiss
Bria Holmes, Hillhouse

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Zach Auguste, New Hampton
Mitch McGary, Brewster Academy
T.J. Warren, Brewster Academy
Georges Niang, Tilton

RHODE ISLAND
Amber Holgate, St. Andrew's
Thomas Garrick, St. Andrew's
Cedric Kuakumensah, St. Andrew's
Kalusha Ndoubme Ngollo, St. Andrew's
Tyler Sabino, St. Andrew's
Austin Van Bemmelin, North Providence
Rob Hazard, North Providence

MAINE
Darrick Wood, Bridgton Academy

VERMONT
Chad Copeland, Twinfield Union
Jaskin Melendez, Mount St. Joseph
Avery Whitcomb, Twinfield Union
Sara Illingworth, Hartford
Alexandra Jones, Poultney

X's and O's: New London's Kris Dunn

January, 16, 2012
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Last week, New London point guard and Providence signee Kris Dunn set CCRI-Warwick's gymnasium on fire with 32 points, 26 rebounds, and four assists against defending RIIL state champ St. Raphael Academy, of Pawtucket. Friar fans were energized after his impressive performance.

After reviewing the film, it appears that the Providence faithful have even more to be excited about Dunn. Here are a few observations and clips of why Providence has a future star in Dunn:

Potential Triple Double

The assist is one of the most misleading statistics in basketball. In the game from last Saturday, Dunn’s box score showed that he had four assists. The only thing the box score did not account for were the potential assists that his teammates did not finish.

Here are nine clips of nine potential assists:



Dunn cannot expect his teammates to finish all of his passes, but some of these were serious errors. Whether they were missed open layups, travels, or dropped passes, these were 18 potential points that New London could have had, and a triple-double for Dunn.

The great thing about Dunn was that he never got frustrated about this. He’s a great leader in the respect that he does not tear apart his teammates after mistakes.

Hustle Points

It is not often that you see a point guard grab over 20 rebounds. Thanks to his length and jumping ability, Dunn was all over the floor grabbing rebounds and getting his hands dirty. In a way, Dunn almost looked like a football player going for interceptions out there. Although we never got to see Dunn on the football field for New London, it is likely that he had a few picks this year after seeing how good of a nose for the ball he had in this game.



The second and sixth clip from this video is by far the most impressive. Not only does Dunn show the desire to get the rebound, but he also showed great balance in making sure the ball stayed in New London’s possession.

Scoring

Here is the part that everyone has been waiting for. How does Kris Dunn score the ball?

In this game, Dunn got half of his 32 points from the line (15-of-18). Dunn has a knack for cutting between two defenders and managing to get fouled while shooting. He knows how to use his length to his advantage. The way he cuts through defenders is like a running back cutting through a defense (there is no coincidence that this was my second football reference). He finds the smallest gaps and slithers through them.



As you can see from all five of these clips, Dunn is great at changing direction quickly, which makes preventing him from where he wants to go difficult.

Dunn did not have a great game shooting the ball. In fact, Dunn missed all three of the mid-range or outside shots that he took. Perhaps fatigue may have played a role, but at the next level he will need better strength and conditioning. That is not necessarily a knock on him. Dunn is aware that he needs to get stronger.

Here are his three misses:



Dunn does show good shooting form though. He shot 83 percent from the line on the night for a reason.

Here is a slow-motion video of Dunn’s free-throw shooting form:



Dunn’s shooting weakness is not necessarily about getting more shooting reps in the gym. It is about having the ability to run the point, play big minutes, and still be able to be a threat from outside as the game goes on and his legs get tired. As seen in the video above, he shows nearly perfect form. He is just a few years away from being a shooting threat.

Conclusion

Kris Dunn is one of the finest talents in New England. He is a point guard who shows a nice balance between being a scorer and a distributer. He is a lanky athlete who plays hard all game long. He is a threat to get a triple-double every single night.

Once Dunn’s frame begins to fill out, he will be a serious asset for the Providence basketball program going forward.

Top performances from local ballers

January, 11, 2012
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Each week, ESPN's college basketball recruiting section spotlights top performances from players listed on the ESPNU 100 (Class of 2012), Super 60 (Class of 2013) and Terrific 25 (Class of 2014).

This week, that includes St. Mark's center Kaleb Tarczewski, New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn, King Philip forward Jake Layman, and Northwest Catholic (Conn.) forward Kuran Iverson.

The complete list can be found here. Below are the locals' accomplishments:



CLASS OF 2012

No. 6 Kaleb Tarczewski, C
The Arizona-bound center scored 17 points as St. Mark knocked off St. Andrew’s 61-47 on Friday.

No. 29 Kris Dunn, PG
Dunn continued his torrid senior season with 29 points and seven rebounds as New London rolled by East Lyme, 74-44, on Friday. He didn’t slow down on Saturday, going for 32 points and 26 rebounds in a win over Saint Raphael Academy.

No. 53 Jake Layman, SF
Layman had 12 of his 18 points in the second half and added 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 55-37 win over North Attleboro on Friday. He exploded for a career-best 40 points in a 74-52 rout of Sharon on Tuesday.

CLASS OF 2013

No. 30 Kuran Iverson, SF
The junior had 16 points in a win over Southington on Thursday night. He went for 15 points in an 83-39 rout of Conard on Monday.




Future Friar Dunn captivates Warwick crowd

January, 8, 2012
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WARWICK, R.I. -- With a bounce in his step and genuine grin in his visage, Kris Dunn reveled in the post-game mini-mob of cameraphones and autograph seekers at CCRI-Warwick's gym, all looking to get a piece of the kid that just put on a clinic.

Some shy away from the constant attention. Then there's Dunn, who seems to bask in the attention and -- if tonight's game was any indication -- saves his best performances for the biggest stage.

"Actually, it's a great feeling," the Providence signee and nation's No. 2 point guard smiled, when asked about the signage requests. "It kinda feels like you're in the NBA, just seeing kids that look up to you, you're kind of their hero a little bit. It's a great feeling for me."

Local pride at stake? Sure. But when it boiled down, this was what the 1,000-plus on hand at CCRI-Warwick's gymnasium had come to see: this 6-foot-3 gazelle of a point guard, considered by some as New England's top college prospect, as pure a scorer some say you'll find in the Northeast.

Darting around at a pace that was at once breakneck and breathtaking, New London's All-Everything leader did not disappoint. Tonight's game was billed as a matchup between two heavyweights, with the defending CIAC Class L champs going up against defending RIIL champ St. Raphael and its junior point guard Charles Correa -- a 5-foot-8 waterbug considered the Ocean State's top junior, and with Division 1 interest beginning to take root.

Running the point on offense and manning the post on defense, Dunn racked up 32 points, 22 rebounds, four steals and four assists, as the Whalers won going away, 66-55.

But it wasn't just the way Dunn ran up court, it was the way he ran with authority that had so many in the stands cheering him on tonight; had so many recruiting analysts throwing praise over the last nine months; and had even one nationally-respected analyst calling him the Friars' most important backcourt recruit since God Shammgod.

Over and over on the defensive end, Dunn would spring towards the rim, grab the loose ball and immediately turn up court with a full head of steam. Rinse and repeat at the other end, where Dunn picked up 12 offensive rebounds on the night.

St. Raphael head coach Tom Sorrentine tried everything to slow him down -- full court man-to-man, traps at halfcourt, zone defenses, bringing his bigs up to the foul line to cut him off. But for most of the night, the Saints had to resort to physically trying to force him to a dead stop, picking up plenty of fouls along the way.

Dunn went to the line for a total of 20 free throw attempts, hitting 16 of them. Most of the trips to the line came from fouls on the floor.

"You gotta try and get the ball out of his hands," Sorrentine said. "And he's a great passer, too. He's tough. He turned the whole game around. I mean, he just makes you do things that you're not used to doing."

Playing all but the last two minutes tonight, Dunn appeared visibly fatigued at times -- all that jumping will do that to you. But he says he was prepared for the physical tone of tonight's game.

"I was in the weight room during the summer, and during the football season, so I was ready for something like this," Dunn said. "You've just got to keep going."

Maybe this should come as no surprise that Dunn manned the safety spot during the fall-- "strong safety, so I'm coming up to hit," he added with a chuckle.

When asked to make a comparison, Sorrentine barely let the reporter finish his sentence before calling upon former Friars great Marshon Brooks, a first-round pick last June who's currently playing for the New Jersey Nets.

"I think he's just like Marshon. He's long, he gets to where he wants to go," Sorrentine said. "He can get by you, know what I mean? You can think that you're covering him, and next thing you know he's by you. He's got those long legs, long arms...typical Marshon for me. That's what I said the first time I saw him [last season, a 100-72 loss to New London]."

And to think, this was a matchup that nearly wasn't. Over the summer, Dunn reportedly transferred to Wilbraham & Monson Academy, a prep school in Western Massachusetts, where he was set to team up with close friend Andre Drummond. But after a talk with his family, and a late-summer bolt to UConn by Drummond, Dunn returned to New London; and with his return, the Whalers are a favorite to repeat as state champions.

Seeing all this before him -- the sellout capacity crowd, the ooh's and aah's, the post-game crowds -- Dunn was asked if the return to New London has been worth it.

And as usual, he couldn't hide his emotions.

"Most definitely," he smiled. "This is all where it started, when I was a freshman. The New London community has always shown me love, ever since I was a freshman, so I just want to keep it going, and show my people that I'm going to show love back to them."

Video: Highlights from New London-St. Ray's

January, 8, 2012
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ESPN Boston correspondent Lucas Shapiro has highlights from tonight's monster showdown between defending CIAC Class L champion New London and defending RIIL state champ St. Raphael Academy of Pawtucket, R.I.

The game did not disappoint, as Providence signee Kris Dunn led the way for New London with 32 points and 22 rebounds in a 66-55 win.


Recap: New London (Conn.) 66, St. Ray's (R.I.) 55

January, 7, 2012
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WARWICK, R.I. –- Granted, defending CIAC Class L champion New London High is led by All-World point guard Kris Dunn.

But the fact the Whalers play tenacious defense is just as important to their success.

Just ask defending Rhode Island Division I champion St. Raphael Academy.

New London held the Saints to 39.6 percent (19-for-48) shooting and broke open a relatively close game in the second half en route to a 66-55 victory Saturday night before an SRO crowd at the CCRI Knight Campus Fieldhouse.

“I thought we played good, solid, man-to-man defense tonight,” Whalers coach Craig Parker said. “I thought we did a good job on their point guard (Charles Correa) for the most part. Our defense was stellar tonight.”

One sequence underscored Parker’s analysis.

New London (7-2) began the second half leading 36-30.

After the first three minutes, the Whalers had hit on only one of 11 shots – yet they still maintained a six-point lead (40-34) because the Saints (9-1) missed six of their first seven shots.

Dunn had a typical game (by his standards) as he torched the Saints for 32 points, including 88.9 percent (16-for-18) shooting at the free throw line.

Keith Porter added 15 points while Doug Hinton chipped in with 11.

Conversely, SRA didn’t receive the type of performance it’s accustomed to seeing from Dunn’s counterpart, Correa, who was the MVP of last year’s state championship game.

Correa scored 15 points and didn’t notch his first two until almost 11 minutes had elapsed in the first half. And even more significant was the fact he “batted” .000 (0-for-6) from the line.

“We played him last year in New London and we knew he was real quick off the dribble and he would shoot from anywhere,” Parker said. “My assistant scouted him last week against Cranston East (Correa scored 28 points in a 78-67 win over the Thunderbolt) so we had an idea.”

Wrong focus: While Dunn without question had an idea of what he was going to do in this highlight inter-state game, the same couldn’t be said of Correa.

For the majority of the first half, he forced shots – some from beyond what would have been the NBA’s 3-point arc. And perhaps the play that typified his performance came with 10:08 left in the game and New London leading 43-34.

Correa stole the ball and raced down the court for what should have been an unmolested layup – only to miss the shot.

“It was a big challenge … it was Dunn and him,” SRA coach Tom Sorrentine said. “I think he took it personal and it kind of got into his head a little bit. He ended up taking some bad shots. He made bad choices at certain times.

“We needed to set things up. It wasn’t only him (the only other Saint to reach double figures was Cesar Mejia with 19 points). But if he has a good game, we’re right there. It just wasn’t a good night for him. He’s usually money, but not tonight.”

Money in the bank: Dunn was more than money.

If anything, he was all the gold in Fort Knox.

“The thing is we couldn’t stop Dunn,” Sorrentine said. “We tried everything. We tried to play him full-court man and then pick him up and double him. That wasn’t working because he was getting to the hoop.

“Then, we tried to zone the whole thing. We put our big guys at the top to try and drive him out of there and he still got to the hoop. He’s so long. He’s like (former Providence College star and current New Jersey Net) Marshon Brooks.”

Setting the tone: New London led 12-11 roughly midway through the first half when it hit SRA with a 12-2 run – Dunn scoring seven of those points. He even tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer for that 36-30 lead which ended a half during which SRA shot a modest 42.9 percent (9-for-21).

“We always emphasize defense at New London,” Parker said. “We have some good, quick athletic kids. That’s our thing, to be honest with you.

“And to be honest with you, we haven’t been a real good defensive team this year. This was our best defensive effort. It’s tough to get kids to play defense because they come alive on the offensive end. But, again, it was our best defensive effort of the year so far.”

Impressive weeks by Dunn, Layman, Stauskas

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Each week, ESPN's basketball recruiting section checks in with players listed on its ESPNU 100 (Class of 2012), Super 60 (2013) and Terrific 25 (2014) and charts the top performances.

Today, several locals from the ESPNU 100 are highlighted among the top performances from around the country -- New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn, King Philip forward Jake Layman, and St. Mark's shooting guard Nik Stauskas.



No. 29 Kris Dunn, PG
Dunn finished with 27 points in New London’s 57-52 loss to St. Joseph on Wednesday. He recorded a triple-double on Friday, finishing with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in New London’s 88-66 win over Weaver.

No. 53 Jake Layman, SF
The Maryland recruit went for 18 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in King Philip’s 67-37 rout of Nashoba on Thursday. Layman had a triple-double on Tuesday, finishing with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 10 blocks in a win over Avon.

No. 83 Nik Stauskas, SF
In two games at the HighSchooOT.com Invitational, Stauskas had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists on Thursday and 28 points on Friday.



You can check out the full list of top performances by clicking here.
ESPN Boston will be out in full force on Saturday night to cover a match-up with two reigning state champions, as Connecticut’s New London High School meets Rhode Island’s Saint Raphael Academy.

At the heart of the match-up is the promising individual battle between New London’s Kris Dunn and Saint Raphael’s Charles Correa, arguably the top two players in their respective state associations.

While the Providence-bound Dunn’s notoriety far outweighs Correa’s on the national level, recruiting doesn’t mean a thing in Saturday’s game. It’s simply a matter of which player can do more to help their team get a win, and when it comes to that department, Correa is no one’s pushover.

Here’s a Tale of the Tape to assess how the matchup might play out:

PHYSICAL TOOLS

Size & Length: At six-foot-three with long arms, wide shoulders, and a rapidly emerging physique, Kris Dunn has as good of a basketball body as any lead guard in the country. Correa doesn’t have nearly the same size or length, but has a strong core and a good knack for how to create space. That will help, but ultimately he’s going to be fighting an uphill battle in this department as the size and length disparity would be enough to give anyone problems.
Advantage – Dunn

Quickness & Athleticism: Dunn has tremendous end to end speed with the ball in his hands, and is an absolute blur in the open floor. The length of his strides supplements what is already an explosive build to allow him to cover an incredible amount of ground exceptionally quickly. Correa’s explosiveness is based more off quick starts and stops. He varies his speeds to perfection, is quick out of his stance on both ends of the floor, and is shifty enough to maximize his tools in the quarter court. Dunn’s size and length advantage is only magnified by superior vertical athleticism, as he consistently plays above the rim while Correa’s game comes under the ten foot barrier.
Advantage – Dunn

BALL SKILLS

Passing: Both of these guys are scorers by nature. That’s not to say they aren’t capable of seeing the floor and making those around them better –- they can and do. But when the game is on the line and it comes time to show their bread and butter, both guys are going to look to make a play for themselves and allow instinct to take over depending on how the defense reacts to their penetration. Both are versatile enough to make interior shovel passes to their big men, kick out to shooters, or hit a cutter on the move.
Advantage – Draw

Shooting: Dunn’s three-point range is much improved in the last year, but on the surface this is the most notable advantage Correa has going into Saturday’s match-up. He’s an old-school sniper who can’t be left unchecked from behind the three-point line, knows how to utilize screens to get his shot off, and has the rare ability to make tough shots while squaring in the air or firing off his back foot. If the two were competing in a three-point contest, Correa would likely win easily, but within the context of the game, Dunn’s length will help to neutralize Correa’s advantage as it will allow the future Providence guard to shoot over the top of his defender while forcing Correa to speed up his release in order to get his shot off.
Advantage – Correa

Ballhandling: Ultimately, ballhandling comes down to two things –- the ability to make a play with the bounce, and the ability to handle the ball against pressure to make decisions. When it comes to playmaking, these guys go about it in different ways. Dunn is more of a straight line driver, while Correa is a little flashier with his handle. When handling against pressure, both can be sped up at times; and while Correa looks to flatten pressure more often than not, Dunn is able to see and pass over the top of it.
Advantage – Draw

DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING

On the Ball: Both players look to utilize their quickness and other physical tools to their advantage. Dunn’s going to pressure the ball and attempt to use the length of his strides to keep the man in front, and the length of his arms to poke at the ball and get deflections. Correa can turn his smaller frame into an asset by getting into the ball-handler and utilizing his lower center of gravity to stand up the dribbler, giving him ideal position to get steals. The difference maker is Dunn’s motor, as he never lets up on this end of the floor.
Advantage – Dunn

Off the Ball: There may not be a better passing lane defender in New England than Dunn. New London’s calling card is their press, and often times they let Dunn play the second line in order to utilize his anticipation skills to pick off passes and create subsequent transition opportunities. In fact, I would estimate that close to 50 percent of his offensive production comes in the open floor as a result of some type of defensive play. This is one area that really separates Dunn from his peers, as most high school players -- Correa included -- have a tendency to rest when on the weak side of the floor defensively.
Advantage – Dunn

On the Glass: Dunn may be a guard, but his rebounding numbers are among the CIAC’s best through the first three weeks of the season. His size and athleticism allows him to rise up to rebound above traffic, while his nose for the ball enables him to rebound well outside his area, both inside and out. This is another area where Correa’s physical tools don’t give him the same potential ability as Dunn, but it’s also not as much of a focal point for him.
Advantage – Dunn

INTRINSIC FACTORS

Experience: Dunn is far more battle-tested on the national level. He’s played on center court at all the country’s biggest stages, from the NBA Camp to the Adidas Super 64 to AAU Nationals. But when it comes to strictly high school basketball, Correa is just as proven. He led his team to a state title as just a sophomore, and has battled New England’s best throughout his AAU career. Don’t discount the unofficial home-court advantage in this one, as Correa and Saint Raphael are likely to have more fans and familiarity with the arena at CCRI Warwick than Dunn and New London.
Advantage – Draw

Motivation: New London has been taking on all challengers to start the season, including matchups with perennial Connecticut powerhouses like Hillhouse, Trinity Catholic, and St. Joseph’s. With a matchup against one of New York’s best -- Queens powerhouse Cardozo High School -- on tap for later this month, this is just another blip on the radar. But for Correa and St. Raphael, this might as well be the Final Four. The game is an opportunity not just for the team to prove itself, but also for them to legitimize RIIL basketball on the whole. For Correa, a match-up with the second-ranked point guard in the country is the biggest stage he’s going to have to prove his worth to evaluators and college coaches.
Advantage – Correa

Leadership: Dunn’s return for his senior season has been cause for celebration in New London, and by spurning the bigger stage of prep school basketball in order to return home he has only helped to solidify his role as this team’s unquestioned leader. The fact that Dunn is also his team’s best defender and rebounder makes him all the more "follow-able" by his teammates’ standards. By contrast, Correa has his teammates’ faith on the offensive end and they rely on him to make big plays down the stretch of games, but whether or not they look up to him with the same wide range as New London does Dunn, remains to be seen.
Advantage – Dunn

BOTTOM LINE

While recruiting may have nothing to do with Saturday’s match-up between Kris Dunn and Charles Correa, ultimately the methodology may prove to be somewhat similar. Dunn’s size, length, and versatility are at the heart of what helped to propel him atop the national rankings this summer. This weekend, it could be those same tools that prove to be the deciding factor in his match-up with Correa. The St. Raphael guard may actually have a slight edge in terms of sheer offensive skills, but when those skills are put to the test in the context of a full court game, Dunn’s total package could prove too much to handle.

Adam Finkelstein is the founder and editor of the New England Recruiting Report and also covers recruiting in the northeast for ESPN Scouts Inc. Adam has the rare distinction of having coached or scouted at the high school, NCAA, and NBA levels, having worked as a Division I assistant at the University of Hartford and spent three years under the NBA's director of scouting Marty Blake.

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