New London’s Kris Dunn impressive in explaining why he put off NBA, went back to Providence

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(WTNH)–New London’s Kris Dunn is a fine young man.

The Providence College guard Kris Dunn, who was recently named the Big East Preseason Player of the Year, is one of the most impressive players in the nation on the court, But he might be even more exemplary off of it.

Dunn, who could have been a first-round pick if he came out for the NBA Draft as a junior last season, decided to go back to Providence for some pretty smart reasons.

He told CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander that “there was never a time where I thought, man, I’m leaving.” He said that due to a couple of terrible, season-ending injuries, he wouldn’t have had the experience necessary to make an impact in the NBA.

The 6-4 guard averaged 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game last season, and was the first player in history to win both Big East Defensive Player of the Year and Player of the Year honors.

“I know I could’ve had a good chance at being a lottery pick, but I didn’t know the game as well,” Dunn said. “I’m going to be going to the NBA, 21 years old, and really only played one year of college basketball. I have to not only work on my game, but off the court, I’ve got to work on my maturity.”

It gets better.

“For instance, say if I get picked to the Clippers right now. I’m talking to a dude like Paul Pierce? He don’t want to hear jokes. He’s got a family. He wants to worry about staying healthy. I want to learn how to be a professional. It’s almost strictly business there.”

“I felt I needed to be a college player and a college person for one more year. Friends and family and fans, they only see the good on the court. I know, personally, the things I have to work on. I felt I need another year to develop those skills. I don’t want to go to the NBA and not be ready. There’s a lot of guys who go there, and their skills aren’t developed. Some players don’t like to admit it, but I can see my flaws.”

Now that is an impressive young man.

Dunn was named co-Big East Player of the Year last season, alongside Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono.

The 6-4 guard led New London High School to a 27-0 record and a state title in 2011. He was the No. 1 recruit coming out of Connecticut in 2012.

Again, check out the entire article on Dunn here. (He also brags on his 2K skills). provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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