PC Guard Kris Dunn Named BIG EAST Player of the Year For Second Consecutive Season
Providence College Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was announced on Wednesday, March 9 that Providence College junior guard Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) was named BIG EAST Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Earlier in the week, Dunn was named First Team All-BIG EAST and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Dunn joins Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing ‘85 as the only players in the history of the league to earn Player of the Year twice and Defensive Player of the Year twice. Dunn also is just the sixth player in the 37-year history of the BIG EAST to be named Player of the Year two times. Dunn is the only guard in the history of the league to earn Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
Dunn, who was the 2015-16 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, has led the Friars to a 22-9 mark and a 10-8 record in BIG EAST play. In addition to leading the league in steals and ranking third in the nation (2.7), Dunn ranks second in the BIG EAST in assists (6.4) and fourth in scoring (16.3). This season, Dunn has registered seven double-doubles and one triple-double. Dunn became the first Friar ever to register 1,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals. In 91 career games, Dunn has recorded 1,145 points (12.6 ppg), 532 assists (5.8 apg), 475 rebounds (5.2 rpg) and 205 steals (2.3 spg).
A preseason Associated Press All-American, Dunn is a candidate for the Oscar Robertson Award, the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, the Bob Cousy Award and the NABC Defensive Player of the Year honor.
This week, Dunn also was named a Sporting News Second Team All-American, ESPN.com Third Team All-American, USA Today Third Team All-American and USWBA District 1 Player of the Year.
The Friars will play No. 5-seed Butler on Thursday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.