Chris Dunn could be final 2002 Basketball recruit

Chris Dunn, a 6-7 forward from Hobbs (HS), NM, made his official campus visit to the University of Arizona last weekend. He'll make an announcement tomorrow morning to let everyone know where he will play his college basketball. He's narrowed his schools to Arizona, Baylor and Oklahoma. Dunn is somewhat unknown outside of New Mexico, but those who have seen him play are plenty impressed.

"He's a good athlete, 6-7, long and slender," said Hobbs head coach Russ Gilmore. He's a runner and a jumper, a kid who can put it on the floor and make things happen."

Dunn is a versatile athlete who can play on the perimeter or down on the blocks.

"He's been playing inside and out for us," Gilmore said. "He's a great passer, but he needs to get bigger and stronger. He can shoot the three and from 15-feet on in he's a real good shooter."

Prior to this season not many colleges had shown an interest Dunn, but that has changed.

"At the beginning of the (2001-02) season, only the University of Denver was recruiting him," said Gilmore. "Then he had such a great season others got involved. Arizona got involved at the NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque. They were practicing at La Cueva and one of the (UA) coaches told (La Cueva High School Head Basketball coach) Frank Castillo they were looking for a big wing player. Frank said 'we have one right here in New Mexico.' So that's how it got started and we sent them (the Arizona coaches) some tape."

Last fall, Dunn made an official campus visit to Denver. Then Baylor showed some interest, so he took an official to Waco, Tex. Dunn has also taken visits to Loyola Marymount, UC-Irvine and Arizona. Oklahoma , like Arizona, got involved late and also wanted Dunn tovisit the OU campus, but couldn't because he had used the five visits allow under NCAA rules.

Gilmore has been at Hobbs High School four years and the Eagles have won four consecutive New Mexico State Championships during his tenure. So there's little doubt that Dunn has been well coached.

"We have players playing at Texas Tech, Southern Utah and New Mexico State," Gilmore said. "We're 101-9 in the four years I've been here."

Dunn is already qualified, has 3.2 GPA and plans to major in Business. His mother works for a pharmacy in Hobbs and his father lives in Chicago. His uncle, Vince Taylor, is an assistant coach at Hobbs and another uncle, Jeff Taylor, played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets in the early 80s.

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