Add another 4-star recruit to Virginia men’s basketball’s class of 2022. Ryan Dunn, a 6’7” wing out of New York, announced his pledge to the Hoos Saturday (September 18) at his former high school, Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.).
LETS RIDE!!! pic.twitter.com/1E0sU8IPwN
— Ryan Dunn (@Almighty_ry3) September 18, 2021
Dunn’s announcement comes one week after he and his parents made an official visit to UVA. The standout prospect revealed in a blog exactly when and how he informed head coach Tony Bennett of his decision.
“I actually told them I was coming on my visit,” Dunn wrote in his Sports Illustrated blog feature, which you can read in full by clicking here.
“We did the tours and all of that and at the end of the visit they just sat me down and kinda reiterated how bad they wanted me there. But they were cool, Coach Bennett said go on your visits and do what you’ve gotta do, but he let me know how bad they wanted me.
“I looked at my parents and said, “I think I’m done with my visits,” and then I just committed! I just knew that Virginia was the place for me, and I didn’t want to wait.”
Dunn noted in his blog how impressed he was by Pitt head coach Jeff Capel, so it seems the ACC-rival Panthers were also high on his list. He took official visits to Pitt and Minnesota prior to last weekend’s trek to Charlottesville. Boston College, Georgetown, Maryland, Oklahoma State and South Carolina rounded out Dunn’s eight finalists, which he revealed in August.
Detailing why he chose the Hoos, Dunn wrote that the UVA “culture was big for me; I liked everything about it, so that was a big plus for them! I loved everything about the visit; the facilities, the people and then I got really close with Coach (Tony) Bennett and the staff.”
Dunn headed into his senior season without a scholarship offer, so he has enjoyed quite the spring and summer on the recruiting front. Stony Brook was the first school to extend a scholarship, doing so on May 6, 2021. In June – the first opportunity for college coaches could evaluate prospects in person in over a year – more college coaches took notice. By the end of the month Dunn added Hofstra, Quinnipiac, Cleveland St., St. Joseph’s, U-Mass, Towson, and St. Bonaventure to his scholarship offer list.
High-major offers flooded in in July, when Minnesota, Boston College, Marquette, Texas A&M, California, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Virginia, Clemson, TCU and Georgetown offered. Maryland tossed its hat in the ring in August, just prior to Dunn revealing his final eight.
I’ve never seen a player transform his game, body, and mental approach in one year as much as Ryan Dunn (@Almighty_ry3). Now ranked in the Rivals 150 for the Class of 2022. Amazing work my man! Input = output.
— John Buck (@CoachJohnBuck) August 26, 2021
Playing for the New York Jayhawks on the Adidas 3SSB circuit, Dunn averaged 11.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this summer. According to the Adidas 3SSB website, the 6’7” wing drained 46% of his 3-pointers while helping the Jayhawks to a 5-3 record. The future Hoo carries this momentum into an upcoming postgraduate year at Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania.
With today’s news, UVA’s 2022 Class – Dunn, 4-star guard Isaac McKneely, 4-star wing Leon Bond, and 4-star forward Isaac Traudt – becomes the No. 5 class in the nation according to Rivals.com. This is the Cavaliers’ most highly acclaimed haul since the class of 2016 that included Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, De’Andre Hunter and Jay Huff.
Dunn is rated a 4-star prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports – the former ranks him as the No. 112 overall player and the No. 23 shooting guard in 2022, while the latter ranks Dunn as the No. 108 overall prospect and the No. 23 small forward.
What They Are Saying
Here is a comment from Long Island Lutheran head coach John Buck on Dunn’s pledge.
This is much more than a commitment to an incredible school for Ryan. It’s a testament to hard work and the value of a supportive, faith-filled family. So proud of you Ryan, God is good! https://t.co/RDZ4IgMOUl
— John Buck (@CoachJohnBuck) September 18, 2021
ESPN.com Basketball Recruiting Analyst Adam Finkelstein discusses Dunn and UVA’s 2022 Class …
Sound on to hear how’s he’s gone from no D1 offers to nationally coveted in the span of 6 months. pic.twitter.com/hxYJOOpboh
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) September 18, 2021
Virginia Associate Head Coach Jason Williford was pleased with Dunn’s decision.
It’s a Great Day to be a Wahoo! ⚔️🔶🔷⚔️
— Jason Williford (@CoachWillyUVA) September 18, 2021
Highlights and Fit
Here are highlights of Dunn from the summer AAU circuit as well as his 2020-2021 high school season.
Another huge summer stock-riser (not sure he had a D1 offer last winter). pic.twitter.com/4LlAjkHwYj
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) August 19, 2021
Dunn’s size, length and athleticism – not a super explosive athlete, but a good one from what I’ve seen – at the wing position is tailor-made for UVA’s Pack Line defense. He has the chance to be a multi-positional defender in the mold of a De’Andre Hunter or Braxton Key. It will be interesting to see his development under Mike Curtis. Dunn and Bond give Tony Bennett two versatile athletes with a lot of potential in the Pack Line.
Offensively, Dunn’s shooting stroke appears to be his best asset right now based on the limited video we’ve seen, but he flashes some ability off the dribble as well. A good looking stroke from beyond the arc.