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.
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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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Providence Athletics will host an NBA Draft Watch Party on June 23rd at G Pub in downtown Providence, the department announced on it’s Twitter page. Providence has two players eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft and both appear to be locks to get drafted with Kris Dunn expected to be off the board sometime in the top 6 picks and Ben Bentil listed as a late First Round or early Second Round pick in most mock drafts.
Kris Dunn was one of 25 players announced on Tuesday that will be members of the 2016 USA Basketball Select Team. The Select Team trains with and against the USA Basketball National Team as the National Team prepares for the Rio Olympics in August. Dunn is joined by fellow college players Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Brandon Ingram (Duke), Brice Johnson (North Carolina) and Denzel Valentine (Michigan State). The other 20 players are already in the NBA.