Every player's road to the NBA is long and winding, but Kris Dunn‘s was tougher than most.

The Providence guard was high on everybody's draft board, and he eventually went to the Minnesota Timberwolves at fifth overall on Thursday night. The gravity of the moment hit Dunn hard, with all kinds of memories from his journey to this moment flooding back into his head.

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Growing up was not easy for Dunn. He didn't have a father around, he and his brother had to fend for themselves for over two months when he was just nine years old because his mother had gone to jail, and while he was attending college, he received the crushing news that his mom had passed away.

Life hasn't been easy for Dunn, but he expressed gratitude and immense love for his family and his community in an emotional interview just moments after being drafted:

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