Despite Taxing Year, Dunn Doesn't Regret Making NBA Wait
In so many ways, the scenario encapsulates Dunn's life since last April, when he stunned the college basketball world by announcing he'd return for his junior year instead of becoming an instant millionaire in the NBA draft.
The risk, it appears, will pay off.
Considered a mid-first-rounder a year ago, Dunn—who will turn pro after this season—is now projected as the No. 5 pick in the June 23 draft by DraftExpress. He's cut down on his turnovers, increased his scoring average and now has Providence on the cusp of earning a third straight NCAA tournament berth for the first time in 42 years.
Still, talk to Dunn and those around him long enough, and it's clear the narrative of the past 10 months is bittersweet. Sure, his on-court improvement and elevated draft stock are enough to deem his final college season a success, but that doesn't mean it's been easy.