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Report: Providence Kris Dunn Sustains Serious Shoulder Injury

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Mar 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA;  Providence Friars head coach Ed Cooley during the first half against the Seton Hall Pirates in the first round of the 2012 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Providence Friars head coach Ed Cooley during the first half against the Seton Hall Pirates in the first round of the 2012 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Providence head coach Ed Cooley scored two major recruiting victories this year, landing consensus top 25 recruits Ricardo Ledo and Chris Dunn. With both expected to step right in and contribute in 2012-13, the future looks bright for the Friars. Unfortunately, the future might have to wait. According to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal, Dunn has sustained a serious shoulder injury that might jeopardize his status for the upcoming season. He writes:

Kris Dunn, the McDonald's All-American guard from New London headed to Providence College, has sustained a shoulder injury that may keep him out of action for a significant amount of time.

Dunn played with nagging shoulder pain at the end of his senior year in New London but aggravated the injury while training with the Under 18-Team USA in Colorado three weeks ago. Dunn, who will report to summer school at PC next week, is being evaluated by the athletic department's doctors to determine the best course of action but surgery is a possibility.

Dunn's injury sounds similar to the injury sustained by Louisville blue-chip signee Wayne Blackshear last year. Blackshear had to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum late in the summer and did not return to even limited duty until February. Providence should still be much improved in 2012-13, but the prospect having two five-star guards to speed up the rebuilding job could have to wait.