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Providence suffered a big loss Wednesday when the school announced that sophomore point guard Kris Dunn will miss the remainder of the season due to right shoulder surgery.
The 6-foot-3 Dunn was forced to leave an exhibition game last month after injuring the shoulder.
Providence will apply for a medical hardship waiver with the Big East in order to get back Dunn’s season of eligibility. If approved, Dunn will have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2014-15 season.
“We are looking forward to assisting Kris as he recovers from his surgery,” coach Ed Cooley said in a statement. “His health and well-being are our primary concern. There is no question that he will rebound from this and continue to improve as a basketball player. We are confident that Kris will be a key member of our team in 2014-15.”
Dunn sat out the team’s first nine games last year due to an injury to the same shoulder, initially suffered while playing that summer with USA Basketball.
Dunn had played four games this season and was averaging 5.0 assists, 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.
Providence (8-2) may have a shot to make the NCAA Tournament out of the Big East this year, but the loss of Dunn certainly hurts their chances.
Senior Bryce Cotton is expected to play the point in Dunn’s absence.
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