Kris Dunn just might have one of the craziest paths to the NBA of any draft pick this year, but that hasn’t prevented the 22-year-old from potentially becoming top five selection next week.
Depending on what mock draft you subscribe to, Dunn could be the first point guard taken and has been compared to the likes of Russell Westbrook, John Wall, and Rajon Rondo. At 6’4” with a 6’9” wingspan, Dunn’s explosive athleticism, ball-handling skills, and experience make him one of the most attractive players available this year.
Four years of ball at Providence later, Dunn has done a pretty good job of making himself known. But chances are we’ve unearthed a few nuggets you were clueless about when it comes to the point guard. Here are 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Kris Dunn.
His college coach told him to leave school early.
He used to beat other kids at one-on-one for money.
He models his game after a bunch of point guards.
He moved from Virginia to Connecticut at 9 after his father found out his mother was in prison.
His father, John Seldon, who had been estranged from Kris and his brother since Kris was one, found the boys living down in Virginia and picked them up one night when he learned their mother was in jail.
Seldon visited a Connecticut court to confirm that he could assume custody of his sons. He called a friend at 2:30 a.m. to join him in his 2003 Chevy Venture for a lead-footed, nonstop, six-hour drive down I-95. When they got to the Alexandria address the girl had given them—Dunn’s aunt’s house—a rail-thin boy answered the door wielding a hot-sauce bottle, barking at the two men to back up. John walked into the room to calm his brother. “That’s our dad,” he said. Kris set aside the bottle and began to cry.
That was the first time he met his father.
His favorite movie is "All About the Benjamins."
He likes to rock baseball jerseys.
It’s tough to tell who he’s a fan of though, as he sports rivals' jerseys in separate posts.
He became a Netflix junkie rehabbing from injuries.
He played safety on New London High School’s football team.
He quit football after his sophomore season, but check out what his old coach said about him and his football playing days.