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Kris Dunn will become the first player in New London High School basketball history to have his number retired when the Whalers' honor the former All-American during a ceremony prior to Thursday's 7 p.m. tip against Hamden, coach Craig Parker announced Saturday.
"It really means a lot to me," said Parker, adding Dunn will receive his No. 3 jersey and be joined by family members for the ceremony. "Even if Kris never picks up a basketball again, he certainly deserves this honor for what he accomplished at the high school level and at New London High School. His individual statistics and awards are second to none. He's the most celebrated player ever in Connecticut."
Dunn, now a sophomore at Providence College, underwent right shoulder surgery for the second time in two years last December and will not play again this season for the Friars.
At New London, the 6-foot-3 point guard graduated in 2012 as the program's career scoring leader (2,201 points). He was the 2012 Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year, the two-time New Haven Register and Connecticut High School Coaches' Association state player of the year and a four-time all-state pick. As a senior, Dunn was also named to three All-American teams - McDonald's, Parade Magazine and Michael Jordan.
- Day Staff Reports