The bottom line is that there’s a lot of season left, but the vibe around friartown is gloom today, as it was officially announced that point guard Kris Dunn will undergo season ending shoulder surgery.
The sophomore, who missed the first half of last season recovering from shoulder surgery, reinjured it in Providence’s exhibition tilt with Rhode Island College in November.
As frustrating as it must be for Dunn, the Friar fan base is right there with him.
Head coach Ed Cooley has done all that he could on the recruiting trail to put the best possible team on the court, bringing to Providence an unprecedented amount of top 100 recruits.
The only problem is that it hasn’t worked out as planned. Dunn has been injury-prone over the last two seasons, Ricky Ledo didn’t surprise anyone by entering the NBA Draft this past summer and Brandon Austin’s Friar career hasn’t gotten off on the right foot either.
Dunn will apply for a medical redshirt to get his season of eligibility back. If approved, Dunn will enter next season with three full seasons of eligibility left.
This could be a blessing in disguise, however. Although there was great expectations for this season, the Friars will come back next season with Dunn, LaDontae Henton, Carson Desrosiers, Tyler Harris, Josh Fortune, and Brandon Austin to go along with prized recruits Paschal Chukwu, Jalen Lindsey, and Ben Bentil.
Providence’s future is very bright, but Friar fans must wait patiently for everything to fall into place.
I wouldn’t chalk up this season just yet, but with no depth in the back court, Providence’s quest to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 just got that much tougher.