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2016 NBA Draft: Minnesota Timberwolves select Providence guard Kris Dunn with fifth pick

A Big East legend departs.

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With the fifth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Providence guard Kris Dunn.

Dunn, a two-time Big East Player of the Year, is the first Providence player selected in the lottery since Austin Croshire went 12th overall in 1997.

In his four seasons at Providence, Dunn averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. Additionally, Dunn was the 2015-16 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, making him an ideal fit for new Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau.

Our Mike Hopkins had the following to say about Dunn in his scouting report of the guard,

Dunn is a true lead guard who possesses elite court vision. He had a nation leading 50% assist rate during the 2014-15 season before "slipping" to 41.8% in the 2015-16 season when he was moved off the ball more frequently and asked to score the ball more without LaDontae Henton. Dunn also has a quick first step that allows him to be creative in pick and roll situations and also get to and explode at the rim. Increased spacing of the NBA game fit right into Dunn’s strengths.

Dunn talked with ESPN's Lisa Salters after being selected with the No. 5 overall pick by the T'Wolves.

NOTE: Minnesota is entertaining offers to trade Dunn. Stay tuned.