A New London native is headed to the N.B.A.
Locals said they always knew Kris Dunn was going to make a name for himself in basketball.
Dunn's former high school coach Craig Parker said he saw a spark in him.
"I knew right away that he was the best basketball player at 11 that I'd ever seen in New London," said Parker.
He admitted that Dunn was his one of his favorite players.
"I saw kids play bit they didn't get me that feel that Kris did," said Parker.
22 year-old Dunn was a 5th pick recruit from Providence to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
What makes Dunn's story especially remarkable is his success despite his struggles.
He lost his mother at a young age. After her death, his father came back into his life.
Although he's come a long way, Parker believes this is only the beginning for him.
"I think he's going to have a long-term career. He has the potential to be a multiple all-star and make all defensive teams. I think he's in it for the long haul," said Parker.
Both his father and Parker helped Dunn celebrate the start of his professional career. They were with Dunn when he was recruited in New York Thursday night.
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