The Friar Daily 9.4.12

dave@friarblog —  September 4th, 2012 9:25 PM —  Comments
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All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place.

link GoLocalProv: Ledo: “I will play for PC”

No doubt the biggest news today was about…you guessed it! Ricky Ledo. Even if the NCAA rules him ineligible to play, Ledo says he will stay in school this year and play next season instead. Jeff Goodman is not impressed. I think we know why! It’s great news for sure, since the sting of losing him this season could be tolerated when dreaming of Ledo, a healthy Dunn, a junior Henton, and Tyler Harris / Carson Desrosiers ready to go. However, a lot can happen in a year…

More: Kevin McNamara on Ledo, ESPN blog post, NBC College Basketball Talk has learned that Providence College and Ledo should hear from the NCAA Eligibility Centerwithin the next 48 hours regarding Ledo’s status.

Ledo said, “even if that happens, I’m going to go to school here this year and play here next year.”

Cooley is also shocked at how much attention Ledo’s eligibility is receiving. “It could be a reality TV show for crying out loud,” he said. “Friar fans should know that regardless of what happens with Ricky, we’re having a season this year. We’ll have five Friars out on the floor this winter.”

link ESPN: 3-point shot: UCLA has time to clear players

Andy Katz kicked in some news regarding the Ledo stuff we already kind of knew about, in addition to an update about Kris Dunn. While comimg back for BIG EAST play was something Friartown was already expecting, it’s good to know that the first few months after his shoulder surgery have gone without any issues.

Providence starts school Tuesday and star freshman wing Ricky Ledo still doesn’t know if he’s been cleared yet by the NCAA eligibility center. Ledo went to four different high schools, raising red flags about his transcripts. Ledo was at Monday’s team meeting with head coach Ed Cooley and is expected to be in class Tuesday, even though he hasn’t been cleared yet. The Friars are down in numbers with only nine healthy/eligible players for the start of the fall semester. Guard Kris Dunn, the second-most touted PC recruit, is recovering from a torn labrum. Cooley said Monday that he expects Dunn to be playing by the time the Big East schedule begins in January.

notes I haven’t really seen this anywhere, but is it possible that the NCAA could clear Ledo just for the 2nd semester for academic reasons? Imagine that roster reload come BIG EAST play for the Friars? Sidiki Johnson, Kris Dunn, and Ricky Ledo?

twitter-bird-white-on-blue Carson Desrosiers Twitter

Out of all the players tweets about starting school, this one was far and away my favorite.

"Back to school, back to school, to prove to dad that I am not a fool" - (Billy Madison voice)
Carson Desrosiers

notes Let’s start a new twitter hashtag. #FakeRickyTweets. “I am eligible this fall….to get a discounted iPhone 5 when Apple releases it!”

youtube YouTube: Noah Vonleh at the Adidas Invitational

Check out a video from highly touted 2104 Friar target Noah Vonleh.

link ESPN: NBA Rank, Ryan Gomes

Ryan Gomes is still without an NBA team, and his NBA Rank has taken a huge hit from last year. Gomes comes in at #326 this season, falling from #234. How bad is that? It’s one spot behind Kurt Thomas. Yep, the same Kurt Thomas from back when I actually watched the Knicks.

@ Ryan Gomes #326 rank equals his streak of DNP-Coaches Decisions to finish 2012. Shame, as he can still hit a jumper. #NBArank
Tom Champagne

picture Jennifer Wasson Twitter

Doris Burke, ESPN broadcaster and Friar alumn, stopped by PC today.


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