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Dunn's surgery a success

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: The Day

Published July 04. 2012 4:00AM

Former New London High School standout Kris Dunn underwent successful shoulder surgery on Tuesday at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence.

Dunn checked out of the hospital late Tuesday afternoon and returned to the Providence College campus where he's attending summer school.

"It all went well," said John Seldon, Dunn's father, Tuesday. "A few things were torn. But they said that he has a good chance to come back this year."

A McDonald's All-American guard, Dunn's recovery and rehabilitation process will take four to six months, according to Seldon.

Seldon hopes that Dunn, a key member of Providence's highly-touted incoming recruiting class, will be ready to play by sometime in December.

"If he's healthy, we want him to play," Seldon said.

Dunn initially hurt his right shoulder during an Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament game against Norwich Free Academy on March 1. But he didn't discover the extent of the injury until persistent pain forced him to leave the U.S. Basketball U-18 team training camp in early June.

An MRI revealed a torn labrum and a fracture in a bone. After consulting with the Providence College training staff and coach Ed Cooley, Dunn decided to have surgery.

Dunn arrived at Roger Williams Medical Center at about 5 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for his surgery. He left feeling groggy but happy with the procedure, according to Seldon.

"Kris has always been a tough kid," Seldon said. "The best thing Kris can do is to go on with his life and go to the next step. He's young and we got to it quick. Everything looks pretty good. We'll know something in a couple of months."

Prior to the surgery, Dunn talked about how difficult it will be to sit for an extended period of time.

"It's very tough," Dunn said. "I just can't play basketball, that's all I know. Just sitting out for five months not being able to play basketball will be totally different."

g.keefe@theday.com

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