Men's Basketball Inks Chris Dunn to National Letter-of-Intent

April 18, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson announced Thursday that Chris Dunn has signed National Letter-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. Dunn will report to the school in the fall of 2002.

Dunn, a 6-foot-7, 180-pound, forward from Hobbs, N.M., averaged 17.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game for Coach Russ Gilmore at Hobbs High School. As a senior in 2002, he shot 59.8 percent from the field, including 52.1 percent from three-point range. A great athlete, Dunn also averaged 2.0 assists per game last season. He was twice named all-state during his prep career.

'In our view, Chris Dunn is the sleeper recruit in the country,' said UA associate head coach Jim Rosborough, Dunn's chief recruiter. 'Not only is he a great athlete, but Chris is a quality person as well. He is a quick jumper who is long and athletic. He really liked our program and fit right in on his official visit.'

Also an outstanding student, Dunn was a three-year letterwinner for the Eagles and helped the squad to state championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He finished his career with 709 rebounds, which ranked fifth in Hobbs' history. Over Dunn's four-years with the program, the Eagles posted a 101-9 (.918) overall record.

'I believe that Chris is a great addition to our recruiting class,' said Olson. 'He is a great complement to the kids we've already signed in terms of size, versatility and athletic ability. To be able to go into Hobbs and sign such a quality player like Chris shows that our staff is able to identify and successfully recruit the best talent in the region.'

Dunn is the fourth player to sign a National Letter-of-Intent with Arizona, and the second this spring.

The Wildcats finished the 2001-02 campaign with an overall record of 24-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's West Regional Semifinal. It was Arizona's 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the longest active streak in the nation, and the program's 15th straight 20-win season.

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