Dunn named to USA Men’s Select Team

Jan 16, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn (3) drives to the hoop against Seton Hall Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) during the first half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Former Providence College Kris Dunn is one of 25 players who have been selected for the 2016 USA Men’s Select Team that will train July 18-21 with the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The announcement was made on Tuesday.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who on Oct. 23, 2015, was named head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team for the 2017-20 quadrennium, will oversee the Select Team and Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright will serve as assistant coaches.

“The 2016 USA Basketball Select Team continues to our tradition of featuring some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players. Participation in this camp provides them with valuable experience at the USA Basketball National Team level, while helping prepare the 2016 USA National Team for its upcoming international competition. For many of the Select Team players this is a continuation of their USA Basketball experiences and for others it is an introduction into our pipeline,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director.

“Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and it is an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future. Current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players, got their USA National Team start through a Select Team.

Dunn, who graduated from Providence in May and is expected to be a lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23, had a strong season in 2015-16 as he was named a Consensus All-American. He also was named First Team All-BIG EAST, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and BIG EAST Player of the Year. Other honors he earned were NCAA Consensus Second Team All-American, NABC Second Team All-American, John R. Wooden Award All-American, USBWA Second Team All-American, Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American, Sporting News Second Team All-American, CBS Sports.com Second Team All-American, ESPN.com Third Team All-American, USA Today Third Team All-American, USWBA District 1 Player of the Year and NABC Division I First Team All-District 5. Dunn, who is a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Year and two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, joined 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. In addition to leading the league in steals and ranking fifth in the nation (2.5), Dunn ranked second in the BIG EAST in assists (6.2) and fourth in scoring (16.4). Dunn 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 95 career games, Dunn recorded 1,214 points (12.8 ppg), 552 assists (5.8 apg), 486 rebounds (5.1 rpg) and 208 steals (2.2 spg).

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