Kris Dunn puts on a show in opener as Providence beats Harvard

Providence point guard Kris Dunn would have been a lottery pick had he left college following his redshirt sophomore season. But as our own Matt Norlander reported, he decided to return becuase he “didn’t know the game as well” as he wanted to.

After Saturday night, the rest of the college basketball world should be put on notice.

Dunn not only knows the game, but he’s coming back to take everything, Eduardo Saverin-style.

In the Friars’ first game of the season, Dunn put up a ridiculous line of 32 points, six rebounds, five assists, eight steals and two blocks as Providence beat Harvard 74-62.

If you’re thinking that looks pretty outrageous, it’s because it is. It’s so outrageous that it’s a line that literally hasn’t been equaled in at least the last five seasons of college basketball, which is as far as sports-reference.com’s game log database goes back.

Sure, some guys have put up triple doubles and had better games, but the sheer stuffing of the stat sheet in that way? This was just different.

And almost equally as important? Dunn only turned the ball over two times despite finishing over two-thirds of Providence’s possessions, which is a ridiculously high percentage for a single player. Given that Dunn led the country in turnovers last year, this might be the development Providence coach Ed Cooley is happiest with.

And the funny thing is, he didn’t even start out the game particularly well. In the first half, he only went 3-10 from the field for nine points and three assists. But then the second half started, and he shifted things into overdrive. From 11:19 to the three-minute mark of that stanza, Dunn scored 20 points while going 7-of-7 from the field. Within that run, he put forward this beautiful little crossover step-back 19-footer to give the Friars a nice lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

That was topped by him taking Zena Edosomwan’s cookies for his eighth steal and capping layup.

If the jumpshot and post-up potential that Dunn flashed in this one stick around for him all season, he’ll have a chance to be a top-five pick in the coming draft, and his decision to stay in school will look financially smart.

Good luck, opposing college basketball guards.

Kris Dunn just put up a ridiculous stat line in Providence's first game. (USATSI)
Kris Dunn just put up a ridiculous stat line in Providence’s first game. (USATSI)

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