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SALT LAKE CITY - The N.B.A. is loaded with top-tier point guards, and a number of talented players at the position will have plenty of chances to prove themselves in Summer League play.

Games begin Saturday in Orlando, Fla.; on Monday in Salt Lake City; and on Friday in Las Vegas. And though there are about 90 roster spots for point guards in the N.B.A., a strong pedigree is no longer enough; players like Marcus Paige, a McDonald's All-American who led North Carolina to the national championship game, face an uphill climb to make a team.

The Utah Jazz have not reached the playoffs since 2012, but Paige remained a long shot; there are six other point guards on the roster.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK - Tom Thibodeau has his point guard.

Already armed with several of the best young, dynamic players in the NBA like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves added another, selecting Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick of the NBA Draft Thursday evening at Barclays Center.

Dunn, a New London, Conn. native who was passed up at No. 3 by the Boston Celtics in favor of Jaylen Brown, is the highest draft pick out of the Big East program since Otis Thorpe went ninth overall in 1984. Dunn is the first Friar to be drafted since Ricky Ledo in 2013.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

NEW YORK -- In an NBA Draft widely perceived as a two-player event, multiple reports have surfaced this week that the Philadelphia 76ers will select Ben Simmons No. 1, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers selecting Brandon Ingram at No. 2.

If that holds true when the scene shifts to Barclays Center on Thursday evening, then this draft truly starts at No. 3. At that spot, nearly a half-dozen players have been mentioned in recent weeks, so when the Boston Celtics go on the clock, things could get interesting.

"They talked to me, I came in for a second workout and obviously, if I'm coming on for a second workout, they have some heavy interest," said Cal wing Jaylen Brown, who was once projected as high as No. 1 while a senior at Marietta (Ga.) High School, and is now projected at No. 8 by DraftExpress. "I talked to them about that, and things went well. Boston has a great history, great tradition, and it's a great city. I wouldn't mind being there."

Tags: Jamal Murray, Jaylen Brown, Kris Dunn, NBA Draft, Josh Newman
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As widely expected, Kris Dunn will declare for the NBA Draft.

The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.

Dunn is projected to go No. 5 in the 2016 NBA Draft by Draft Express.

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kris Dunn's career at Providence has come to a close.

The Friars' season ended late Saturday night with an 85-66 loss to No. 1 North Carolina in a second-round East Region game here. A projected NBA lottery pick, Dunn scored 29 points in 26 minutes in the loss, despite being in foul trouble for a majority of the first half.

Ben Bentil, a sophomore forward who may also test the NBA Draft waters, added 21 points.

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Jan 2, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn (3) celebrates against the St. John's Red Storm during the first half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)
Jan 2, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn (3) celebrates against the St. John's Red Storm during the first half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)

NEW YORK - Kris Dunn's Providence College career is rapidly coming to an end, which surely pleases the Big East's head coaches.

Just ask Jay Wright.

"We're very happy about that," Villanova's head coach said with a smile after the Wildcats defeated the Friars, 76-68, on Friday evening in a Big East Tournament semifinal at Madison Square Garden.

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Providence's Ben Bentil goes up against Butler's Tyler Wideman (4) to score two of his career-high 38 points. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Providence's Ben Bentil goes up against Butler's Tyler Wideman (4) to score two of his career-high 38 points. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK - At some point during Providence's 74-60 win over Butler Thursday afternoon in a Big East Tournament quarterfinal, Kris Dunn spoke up in a timeout huddle and asked where the Friars could throw Ben Bentil the ball next.

The way Ed Cooley told the story, the Friars coach didn't have much of an answer, so Dunn said just give it to Bentil, and the 6-foot-9 sophomore power forward would figure it out.

Dunn's plan worked out, because Bentil was unconscious Thursday afternoon, scoring 23 of his game-high 38 points in a variety of ways to lead Providence to victory. The 38 points are tied for the second-most in a Big East Tournament game.

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 (Mark L. Baer / USA Today Sports)
(Mark L. Baer / USA Today Sports)

Providence guard Kris Dunn was named the Big East Player of the Year on Wednesday, earning the honor for the second straight season. He was the co-Player of the Year with Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono last season.

Dunn, who averaged 16.3 points, 6.4 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Friars, beat out Villanova's Josh Hart, Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead and teammate Ben Bentil for the award. He is the projected No. 5 pick in the NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com.

"If you're the best player, you're the best player," DePaul's Dave Leitao said recently. "If you take [Dunn] off Providence, they probably would not be nearly as successful as they are."

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Feb 2, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots a three pointer against Tennessee Volunteers guard Devon Baulkman (34) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)
Feb 2, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots a three pointer against Tennessee Volunteers guard Devon Baulkman (34) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)

Here are the USA Today All-American teams announced Monday:

2016 USA Today All-Americans

First Team

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Brice Johnson, North Carolina

Jakob Poeltl, Utah

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

Second Team

Grayson Allen, Duke

Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Perry Ellis, Kansas

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Jamal Murray, Kentucky

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 (Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today Sports)
(Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today Sports)

Four BIG EAST standouts were unanimous selections to the 2015-16 All-BIG EAST First Team. The league announced the All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams, Honorable Mention and the All-Freshman Team. The conference's head coaches choose the all-conference teams and are not permitted to vote for their own players. 

The four unanimous picks are: Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil of Providence, Josh Hart of Villanova and Isaiah Whitehead of Seton Hall. Trevon Bluiett of Xavier and Henry Ellenson of Marquette also made the All-BIG EAST First Team.

The BIG EAST Player of the Year will come from the All-BIG EAST First Team. The conference will announce Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year and the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, March 9. The announcement will be made on the first day of the BIG EAST Tournament Presented by the Jeep Brand at Madison Square Garden at 4:30 p.m. ET. The other league individual awards will be announced Monday, March 7.

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Jan 2, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn (3) celebrates against the St. John's Red Storm during the first half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)
Jan 2, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn (3) celebrates against the St. John's Red Storm during the first half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)

Providence's Kris Dunn, Villanova's Josh Hart, Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead and possibly Providence's Ben Bentil are likely to split votes for Big East Player of the Year, according to an informal poll of the league's 10 coaches on Friday.

Marquette's Henry Ellenson remains the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year honors, although Xavier's Edmond Sumner is also likely to receive some consideration.

Dunn was the Preseason Player of the Year, while Villanova's Jalen Brunson was the Preseason Rookie of the Year.

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There was a time, not that long ago, when heralded freshmen Skal Labissiere, Stephen Zimmerman, Cheick Diallo, Malik Newman and Isaiah Briscoe were all projected as lottery picks by DraftExpress.com.

The 7-foot Labissiere was No. 1 -- ahead of Ben Simmons -- entering this college basketball season but has fallen ever since and the Kentucky freshman is now No. 14 on the latest Mock Draft for 2016 released Tuesday.

The 7-foot Zimmerman was a lottery pick at No. 14 in December, but the UNLV freshman now ranks at No. 21.

Tags: Ben Simmons, Kentucky, Kris Dunn, NBA Draft, Skal Labissiere, Adam Zagoria
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The Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 was announced on Wednesday.

The list is highlighted by LSU freshman Ben Simmons, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Providence junior guard Kris Dunn and Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield the favorite for National Player of the Year honors. Simmons is the only freshmen named to the list.

The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy's. The men's and women's Wooden All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, as well as the 2016 Legends of Coaching Award, which will be presented to Tubby Smith, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Texas Tech. The event will take place the weekend of April 7-9, 2016.

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Maryland freshman Diamond Stone is now No. 9 on the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft. (Brad Penner / USA Today)
Maryland freshman Diamond Stone is now No. 9 on the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft. (Brad Penner / USA Today)

Diamond Stone and Buddy Hield continued to see their draft stock rise in the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016, while Kentucky freshman big man Skal Labissiere continued to see his drop.

The 6-foot-10 Stone, a Maryland freshman, is up to No. 9 from 10 on the mock draft, while the 6-4 Hield, an Oklahoma senior who is the favorite for National Player of the Year honors, is up to No. 11 from 17.

Kentucky's Skal Labissiere is now at No. 10 after he was previously at 6. The site had the Haitian sensation at No. 1 in May and at No. 3 in December.

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Providence's Kris Dunn is one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. (Mark L. Baer / USA Today Sports)
Providence's Kris Dunn is one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. (Mark L. Baer / USA Today Sports)

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, Providence's Kris Dunn and Maryland's Melo Trimble headline the list of 10 finalists for the 2016 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Named after Hall of Fame guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor recognizes the top point guard in Division I men's basketball.

A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the initial watch list of 20 candidates in October. The final five finalists will be presented to Cousy and the Hall of Fame's selection committee in March, and the winner will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 8.

2016 Bob Cousy Award Finalists:

Kyle Collinsworth, Brigham Young University

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Ben Simmons and LSU scored a critical victory over Kentucky on Tuesday night that they hope will help their bid for an NCAA Tournament berth. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
Ben Simmons and LSU scored a critical victory over Kentucky on Tuesday night that they hope will help their bid for an NCAA Tournament berth. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 was announced on Wednesday.

The list is highlighted by LSU freshman Ben Simmons, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Providence junior guard Kris Dunn and Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield, Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine, another serious contender for Player of the Year honors, is also on the list. Simmons and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray were the only freshmen named to the list.

Five players not on the Preseason Top 50 were named to the Midseason Top 25: Ryan Anderson of Arizona, Kay Felder of Oakland, Damion Lee of Louisville, Wayne Selden, Jr. of Kansas, and Jarrod Uthoff of Iowa. The list includes colleges who have two players chosen: Gonzaga (Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer), Kansas (Perry Ellis and Selden, Jr.), Kentucky (Murray and Tyler Ulis), and North Carolina (Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige).

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Providence guard Kris Dunn remains a projected Top-5 Draft pick according to DraftExpress.com. Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)
Providence guard Kris Dunn remains a projected Top-5 Draft pick according to DraftExpress.com. Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)

The top five picks remained the same in the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016, but there was some slight shuffling in picks 6-10.

LSU's Ben Simmons remains at No. 1, followed by Duke's Brandon Ingram, Maccabi Tel Aviv's Dragan Bender, Providence's Kris Dunn and Kentucky's Skal Labissiere.

Picks 6-10 now feature Cal's Jaylen Brown, Marquette's Henry Ellenson, Utah's Jacob Poeltl, Kentucky's Jamal Murray and Cal's Ivan Rabb. Murray moved down two spots to No. 9.

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Throughout its "Big Monday" doubleheader, ESPN did its best to hype LSU freshman Ben Simmons, calling him the "Best Player in the Country" on a pop-up ad that appeared throughout the night.

ESPN followed that up on Tuesday morning with an in-depth profile on SportsCenter of Simmons and his path from Australia to LSU, where he may or may not be showcased in the NCAA Tournament.

"Here's a kid that can play all five spots offensively and defensively," Kevin Goojian, who coached Simmons in Australia, told ESPN. "He's by far the best player this country's ever produced."

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

In the wake of his consistent poor play against college competition, Skal Labissiere's draft stock continues to drop.

In its latest mock draft released Monday morning, DraftExpress.com shifted the 6-foot-11 Labissiere to No. 5 in the 2016 Draft from No. 3. The site initially had Labissiere as the projected No. 1 pick before moving him down to No. 3 earlier this month.

LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons remains No. 1, followed by Duke small forward Brandon Ingram at No. 2, European big man Dragan Bender at No. 3 and Providence point guard Kris Dunn at No. 4.

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The College basketball season isn't even a month old, yet the debate over National Player of the Year is already starting.

Providence redshirt junior point guard Kris Dunn has expectedly filled up stat sheets, most recently with 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds Wednesday night against Hartford his second career triple-double.

Michigan State senior forward Denzel Valentine has also put up giant numbers, averaging 20.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 8.4 assists for the third-ranked, unbeaten Spartans, while LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons has also made a case. The 6-foot-10 Australian's latest big showing saw him put up 43 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and three steals Wednesday night against North Florida. The Tigers have struggled, but Simmons has not as he is averaging 19.9 points, 14.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists in seven games.

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