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I’m not happy about writing this. I want to make that very clear right now. I – like most of my fellow Friar journalists – didn’t even want to write about Ledo in the draft this year. If we could have it our way we all would’ve been watching Ledo next season in a Friar uniform. Obviously that didn’t happen, so instead we all wanted to write about Ledo beating the odds – to be the exception to the proverbial rule – and get drafted in the first round. Shake the commissioner’s hand, put on the hat, having highlights of…some game he was in play while all the analysts say their bit.

This was a particularly good highlight of Ledo's ball handling skills.

This was a particularly good highlight of Ledo’s ball handling skills.

There might’ve been some sort of redemption in that story, right? But instead we’ve ended up with the brilliant kid in high school who could get into Harvard no problem if he just was patient and applied himself, but instead chose to believe he was a shoe in based on what he was told.

Guess what? He didn’t get in. He got called at 43 overall, with talent that people have barely heard of going well before him. He’s going to be playing on the Bucks next year (or the Mavs. Or the Sixers. Or the Hawks. Look I have no idea honestly, it’s chaos right now. But I think it’s the Mavs.) and that’s assuming he makes the team. We all know the story of second round picks.

But you know what? I want to look at this from a different perspective. All we’ve heard since April 15 is “Ledo, Ledo, Ledo, Ledo, Ledo, Ledo…Ledo.” What about us? The fans? The coaching staff? The program? The Ricky Ledo saga is officially over, but what’s this mean for everyone else?

Let’s talk about it.

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After spending the last three seasons in Minnesota putting up very solid numbers (10+ PPG, 4+ RPG) for the Timberwolves, Friar alumn Ryan Gomes was traded on draft day to Portland, but was waived five days later when the Trailblazers couldn’t get a deal for him.  However, within 20 minutes of Lebron James’ Decision in early July, the Clippers announced they had signed Gomes (3 years/$12M) and fellow BIG EAST alumn Randy Foye.  While Gomes has been starting in the preseason, it remains to be seen if he gets as much run as he did in Minnesota.  As the only Providence Friar currently in the NBA, I will try to post some updates here like I have done in the past.

Anyways, I came across this cool video of Ryan hitting a backwards half-court shot that popped up few days ago.  Love the new hairstyle Mr. Gomes!  Looks like he’s fitting in well with his new teammates.