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Report: Providence guard Kris Dunn expected to play Dec. 18

Dec 7, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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Providence is in need of some help. The Friars only played with six scholarship players in Thursday’s 72-57 win over in-state rival, Rhode Island on Thursday night.

Ed Cooley and his Friars have 11 days before the team’s next game, Dec. 18 at home against Colgate. And according to the New London Day, one of Cooley’s star freshmen recruits, Kris Dunn will suit up and make his collegiate debut.

Dunn’s father, John Seldon told Gavin Keefe of New London Day, that doctor’s advised his son to sit out Wednesday’s game against URI, giving him another week to recover before taking the floor on Dec. 18.

“Definitely, he’s going to play against Colgate,” Seldon told The Day.

Dunn, a McDonald’s All-American, was sidelined in June after he needed surgery to fix an injured right shoulder, he suffered while training Under 18-Team USA in Colorado.

The injury took an even bigger hit in September when Cooley’s other top recruit, Ricky Ledo was ruled a partial qualifier this season, meaning he could practice not play. The Friar backcourt got even slimmer when senior Vincent Council went down with a hamstring injury in the season opener against NJIT.

Forward, Sidiki Johnson could also make his PC debut on Dec. 18. The 6-foot-8 forward had to sit out the first half of the season following a mid-season transfer from Arizona in January.

Dunn, considered one of the top point guards in the Class of 2012, will add a talented guard with good size at 6-foot-3. He did the majority of his damage in high school attacking the rim and was hoping to improve his shooting entering his freshman year. He likely took a step back following surgery on his shoulder six months ago.

Providence is 7-2, winning five straight games following Thursday’s win over URI.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

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