Goodman: Pitino Coaching National Team in Puerto Rico to Land Ricky Ledo

dave@friarblog —  December 20th, 2010 2:34 PM —  Comments
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Interesting article from Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com, who thinks Rick Pitino has an ulterior motive in coaching the National Team for free next summer in Puerto Rico.

Pitino’s real motivation is recruiting

Ledo, who is of Puerto Rican descent, also just happens to sit atop Pitino and the Cardinals’ recruiting board.

Just think about this: If Ledo does elect to play for the Puerto Rican national team this year, Pitino will basically be in close contact with him from April through June.

In this day and age of recruiting restrictions, Pitino will essentially have none with regards to Ledo.

Rhode Island native Ricky Ledo is ranked #13 overall by ESPN in the class of 2012. He is considering many big time programs, but is also apparently “intrigued with staying home”, according to Kevin McNamara.

Ledo and Providence College’s coaching staff have spoken regularly, and especially in recent weeks. Two Friar assistant coaches were in the stands for Ledo’s game at Marianapolis Prep last weekend.

The pitch is simple. Stay home and be a star. Let your grandparents see your picture on billboards looming above Route 95. Be a key piece in Keno Davis’ young-and-building program.

While other high-profile local recruits either didn’t hear much from Providence or won’t give the Friars a second look, Ledo is looking.

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