Kris Dunn almost pulled off the unprecedented on Monday night.
Providence’s do-it-all point guard came close to recording the first quadruple-double against a Division I men’s team. Yep, that’s right: As in, ever. There has been one quadruble-double in men’s D-I basketball before, but it came against a D-II opponent. In 2007, former Ohio Valley Conference player of the year Lester Hudson of Tennessee-Martin posted 25 points, 12 boards, 10 assists and 10 steals against Central Baptist.
On Monday night, Dunn walked off the floor with 22 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals to his credit. Just as nice? Only one turnover for the ever-improving Dunn, whose skillset is a rarity at the college level.
He and the Friars defeated NJIT 83-75 to improve to 4-0.
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“He was big-time out there today,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said, putting it lightly all the while.
Providence’s next game comes Wednesday in Fullerton, Calif., at the Wooden Legacy tournament. If PC beats Evansville, it’s likely Dunn and his teammates will go up against their best opponent to date one day later. Arizona-Providence could be a Thanksgiving Day matchup, and if Dunn is able to show out there, he could continue to improve his still-rising stock. Dunn has been considered lottery-worthy since last winter.
His stat lines are eye-popping yet kind of expected. #KrisDunnQuadrupleDoubleWatch could, and maybe should, become something of a hashtag watch on Twitter. That alone signals why he’s the best player in college basketball right now.