On Thursday, I made my way to Rhode Island College to see Mr. Hometown Hero himself in Ricardo Ledo and South Kent take on La Jolla Prep (CA). I was fortunate to catch the end of Notre Dame Prep’s and have a few words with their head coach, kidding but the thought crossed my mind.
Ledo was the last starter to be announced before the game and got a standing ovation louder than some players have in recent years at the Dunk. Sitting in undoubtedly his cheering section, I stood up in excitement with his first showtime dunk. I was one of three Friars, along with LaDontae Henton and Kiwi Gardner, watching Ledo control the game in every way.
With little hesitation to pull the trigger from deep, Ledo couldn’t connect on a number of three pointers, early in the clock. His shot just wasn’t falling, and like all great players do, they figure out ways to make their team better even on their coldest of shooting nights. Ledo controlled the flow on offense, making passes that most college players couldn’t make. His ability to thread the needle in a heap of traffic is something that caught my eye. He would have added on to his 10-point performance with more assists, but on a number of occasions his teammates couldn’t handle the crisp passes that Ledo was dishing out.
He was being pressured a good amount in the backcourt in the second half but never hesitated with his dribble. His uncanny ability to make it seem he has the ball on a string at all times impressed not only myself, but the numerous college coaches in the stands, including Providence Assistant Coach Brian Blaney. There was no defense Ledo couldn’t break and no pass he didn’t believe he couldn’t make. He realized early his shot wasn’t falling and didn’t let that deter his game.
After the game, Ledo made it clear he was going hard after Nerlens Noel, who has been rumored to have interest in Providence, Kentucky and Syracuse after his reclassification to the 2012 class. Noel and Ledo go back a while and the two could bring excitement to the Dunk that the city has never seen. He also noted that he and Sidiki Johnson were roommates at a tournament a few years back.
Ledo scored 20 points in his next game and will be in the stands today when Kris Dunn and New London take the court at Alumni Hall on the Providence campus. With Tilton playing at RIC tomorrow, its anyone’s guess if Nerlens Noel will be courtside with Ledo to possibly see their future point guard.