April 19, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today that men's basketball player Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.), who will be a freshman at Providence College starting in September 2012, is one of 24 players that have accepted invitations to attend the 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Training camp June 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team committee issued the player invitations.
Following the first three or four days of training camp from June 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., finalist for the team will be selected by the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee and will continue to train at the USOTC. The official, 12-member 2012 USA Men's U18 National Team will be selected prior to the team's departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.
The 2012 USA Men's U18 National Team will be coached by former Friar Billy Donovan. Donovan, who is the head coach at the University of Florida, helped lead the Friars to the 1987 Final Four during his senior season at Providence.
Dunn, who is ranked as the No. 1 point guard in the nation according to Scout.com, is ranked No. 23 overall in the class of 2012 by ESPN.com. Dunn, along with shooting guard Rick Ledo (ranked No. 21 overall by ESPN.com), help make up one of the top recruiting classes in the history of Friar basketball. ESPN.com has rated Head Coach Ed Cooley's 2012 class as the sixth best in the nation. Dunn has had an impressive season as he was selected to participate in the McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic game. Dunn will attempt to become the first Friar to participate on a USA National Team since Austin Croshere was a member of the USA U22 National squad in 1996.
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