I know this is old news by now, but just wanted to give a roundup of the huge Ricky Ledo announcement from Christmas. Truly amazing news for Friartown. I may try to hold my full excitement until I actually see him on the court, but it can not be underestimated to what this means for the bright future of Providence College Basketball.
Ledo said the attraction of his family and friends was powerful, as was PC’s pitch for him to stay home and follow in the footsteps of Barnes, Ernie DiGregorio, Joe Hassett, Abdul Abdullah and, most recently, Jeff Xavier, as local high school stars who played for the Friars. Ledo spent Christmas with his grandparents, Ada and Julio Carrasco, as well as his brother Kyron and his parents, Kimeco Ledo and Ricardo Carrasco. He said everyone was excited with his choice.
“I talked to my family and I just wanted to get this over with,” he said. “It’s home and Providence gives me the best shot as a player to play a lot right away. I also like Keno’s style: fast-paced, run-and-gun.”
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His latest evaluation from Scouts, Inc. reads as follows:
Ledo is a pure scorer who is capable of getting buckets from any spots on the floor. He has great size for his position with a long build, explosive athleticism, and the full range of offensive skills. He is quick off the bounce with a tight handle and corresponding range to the arc off the catch or dribble. He has great body control in the lane where he can finish either above his man or around multiple defenders. Ledo is a good paser when he wants to be and is capable of taking the game over at any time.
Ledo is the No. 13-ranked overall player and the No. 3-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2012, according to ESPN.com’s recruiting analysts. Ledo spurned Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas, Syracuse and Connecticut — a who’s who of national recruiting powerhouses — to play for Davis at Providence. Why? Because he’s a local kid from Providence’s West End that decided he wants to stay at home, play right away and, if all goes well, become a provincial hero in the process.
5. Big season on the horizon?
A Coleman-Ledo tandem should be among the best wing duos in the entire Big East as both are pure scorers that should thrive in Davis’ up-and-down system. When Ledo arrives as a freshmen Coleman will be a junior and the duo will have the benefit of playing with a deep and talented senior class, headlined by point guard Vincent Council and also including Kadeem Batts, Duke Mondy and Bilal Dixon. In other words, with a couple more pinpoint additions, Providence could be two years away from one of its best teams in recent memory.
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“It was tempting,” Ledo told FOXSports.com. “But I just felt like Louisville kept getting more (players at Ledo’s position).”
Don’t expect Pitino to bail on his duties with Puerto Rico, though. Despite the fact that Ledo is just in high school and committed to Providence, look for him to be given a spot on the team.
And after a few months of Pitino working with Ledo, you never know what could happen.
Friar Basketball: Bombshell: Ricky Ledo Commits to Providence
An absolutely massive get for Keno Davis and the Friars. Ledo will be able to score from the minute he steps foot on campus and could form a potentially terrific trio with Gerard Coleman and Vincent Council.
This verbal gives the Friars yet another selling point when hitting the recruiting trail. The floodgates looked like they were going to bust open last spring and the commitment of Ledo, only nine months later, positions the Friars to pick up where they left off in May.