PC’s Kris Dunn Named to AP Preseason All-American Team

PC news release…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –   It was announced today (November 9) that junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America Team.  Also named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America Team were senior Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga), senior Georges Niang (Iowa State), senior Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and freshman Ben Simmons (LSU).

Dunn has earned a number of other preseason honors this fall, including being named BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason National Player of the Year. He also was named to the ESPN Preseason All-America Team, the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason All-America Team, the CBS Sports Preseason All-America First Team and The Sporting News Second Team Preseason All-America squad. In addition to being an All-America candidate in 2015-16, Dunn should be a BIG EAST Player of the Year, Wooden Award, Naismith Award, Cousy Award and National Defensive Player of the Year Award candidate this season.

Last season, Dunn was named BIG EAST Player of the Year and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. He became the first guard in the history of the league to earn both honors in the same season. Dunn led the league in assists (7.5) and steals (2.7). He ranked third in nation in assists per game and fifth in the country in steals per game. Dunn also led the league in both of those categories in conference play and became the first player in the history of the BIG EAST to accomplish that in the same season. He also averaged 15.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Dunn ranked sixth in the league in scoring and 13th in rebounding. He tied for the team lead with seven double-doubles. On January 29, Dunn became the 14th player in BIG EAST history to register a triple-double in a league game with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists versus DePaul. Dunn was the first Friar to record a triple-double since Geoff McDermott accomplished the feat versus Harvard on Dec. 22, 2006. Dunn’s triple-double was the ninth in Friar history and the first for the Friars in BIG EAST play.

Dunn, who recorded the second highest Friar single-season assist mark with 247 assists, earned a number of other honors in 2014-15, including Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, USBWA All-District 1 First Team and NABC District 5 First Team honors.  

The Friars, who finished last season with a 22-12 mark and made their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, will open the 2015-16 season on Saturday, November 14 versus Harvard at 7 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.