Leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft there were plenty of rumors that the Chicago Bulls were looking to move up from 14 to take Kris Dunn. Much of those rumored discussion happened between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics, who owned the 3rd pick in last year’s draft. No trade happened and Dunn was selected 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fast-forward a year and the Bulls were again interested in Dunn on draft night and, this time, they pulled the trigger. The Timberwolves and former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau got Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick — which turned into former Creighton big man Justin Patton — and the Bulls got Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th pick — which turned into Lauri Markkanen.
Providence junior Rodney Bullock will put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters, ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman tweeted. Bullock is taking advantage of the rule change made in January 2016 that allow college players to enter the NBA Draft multiple times and still maintain their eligibility to return to school as long as they don’t hire an agent. Goodman’s tweet indicates Bullock is not going to sign with an agent.
With the 51st pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select…
Bentil is heading to Boston after the Celtic’s selected him 51st overall. Bentil becomes the 43rd player from Providence to be selected in the NBA Draft and his selection marks the 10th time Providence has had more than 1 player drafted in the same year. The last time Providence had two players taken in the same draft was 1997 when Austin Croshere went 12th overall and God Shammgod went 45th overall.
“With the 5th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select…
Dunn is heading to Minnesota after the Timberwolves selected him 5th overall. Dunn becomes the 42nd player from Providence to be selected in the NBA Draft and he joins the elite company of Otis Thorpe, Marvin Barnes, Ernie DiGregorio, Jimmy Walker and Lenny Wilkens as the only Providence players taken in the Top 10 of the NBA Draft. Dunn is also just the 3rd Providence player ever to be taken in the NBA Draft’s Lottery — a system that began in 1985 — joining Austin Croshere and Eric Williams.
Ed Cooley was this week’s guest on the “College Hoops Today” podcast with Jon Rothstein. Cooley talked about the excitement of having two players as possible first round picks in this week’s NBA Draft, what that means for the Providence program, the state of the Big East and much more. Cooley’s interview begins around the 8:26 mark.
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