Friar Links 7.25.12

dave@friarblog —  July 25th, 2012 7:53 PM —  Comments
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ProJo: Ricky Ledo’s fate in hands of NCAA

PC coach Ed Cooley said that Ledo’s academic paperwork was only recently sent to the NCAA’s Eligibility Center. That body is responsible for establishing the eligibility of any incoming recruit to a Division One college. The Clearinghouse could take a month, or perhaps more, to make a ruling on Ledo’s status, but Cooley said PC has had discussions with NCAA representatives about the star guard’s resume in the last several weeks.

Not much new here yet, although not really sure why paperwork was only recently submitted. Hopefully we will know before Late Night Madness this time?

Friar Basketball: Previewing the Big East Recruiting Classes: Part I

A word of caution before we delve too deeply into these classes: last year’s most highly rated prospects did not have the impact that many expected as freshmen.  While players ranked in the 40 range (Moe Harkless and Otto Porter) excelled initially, the five highest rated players the Big East had a season ago (Andre Drummond at #2 nationally, Khem Birch #12, Rakeem Christmas #20, Michael Carter-Williams #21, and #25 Sir’Dominic Pointer) had an average to minimal impact.

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Providence vs Umass 1st round of Puerto Rico Tip Off!!!

Did Council just leak PC’s first round opponent in the early tournament? Here is the full field.

Most Important Player:

Providence: Vincent Council
Despite all the hoopla (much deserved) surrounding Ed Cooley’s incoming freshman class, the Friars remain very much Council’s team. A terrific point guard, Council led his team in assists and scoring this season and with a better surrounding cast, could be due for a breakout season.

Best-case scenario: Providence knows all too well about rebuilding; it has been rebuilding for what feels like decades. But second-year coach Ed Cooley may be on to something now: His recruiting haul features two of the best guards in the class, Providence native Ricardo Ledo and No. 2-ranked point guard Kris Dunn. Providence’s current cast features two workhorse players (Vincent Council, who this offseason Cooley too-enthusiastically called the “best guard in the Big East,” and Bryce Cotton) who finished in the top 10 in the country in available minutes played last season. Ledo and Dunn have the sheer talent to lift that lineup to heights unseen in quite some time, and if all goes well the Friars may consider themselves rebuilt far ahead of schedule.

Worst-case scenario: The only problem? Things haven’t gone well, at least not yet. In late June, Providence’s doctors diagnosed Dunn with a right shoulder injury, which required surgery and could sideline Dunn until December, if not longer. Meanwhile, Ledo still hasn’t been cleared by the NCAA eligibility center. Without those two players, Cooley’s vaunted recruiting class looks decidedly mediocre, and his team would essentially be the same one that fell just shy of .500 (15-17) in 2012.

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  2. Ed Cooley says:

    It’s obvious he’s CCRI bound or else he would be playing on the Providence Campus this summer and not with the Knights.