Ricky Ledo Caps Stellar Career at PC by Declaring for NBA Draft

Sorry, but there are legit no pictures with him in PC apparel.

Providence Journal – Ricky Ledo will be leaving Providence College to enter this June’s NBA draft, the Providence Journal has learned.

“I want to thank Providence College for the opportunity to be a Friar,” Ledo said this afternoon in a news release issued by the school.“As much as I wanted to play for the Friars and help the team win a BIG EAST championship, I felt I could not pass up this opportunity to enter the NBA Draft now. I had a great experience this season and will always remember the great atmosphere for our games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. I appreciate all the support from the College, the fans, my teammates and the coaching staff, especially Coach Cooley. I love my teammates and I will always be a Friar.”
“We want to wish Ricky all the best and thank him for his efforts this season,” Providence College Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “Ricky is one of the most talented players that I have had the opportunity to coach. I am sure he will enjoy a very productive professional career. He will always be a member of the Friar family.”Although Ledo did not play for PC as a freshman this past season because he did not meet NCAA academic standards for eligibility, enough NBA scouts who watched him practice with the Friars have indicated he has first-round potential for Ledo to declare himself draft-eligible.
Ledo, a Providence native, was rated one of the top 25 high-school prospects in the nation in 2012. He briefly attended Bishop Hendricken High School before spending time at three other high schools over a five-year period.
Well doesn’t this take the wind right out of the sails for the first season of the new look Big East conference for next year.  After finishing the season 9-4 in their last 13 games and making it all the way to the semi-finals of the NIT (I’ll take it), PC was looking at a hell of season next year that would return their entire team besides Vincent Council.  Adding Ledo, who was one of the top recruits of his class after completely dominating the ABCD camp before coming to college, alongside Cotton (1st Team Big East selection) and Kadeem Baats (Honorable Mention Big East Selection) would dramatically improve a team that was set to make the jump next season with a close knit group of guys who seemed to be putting it all together at the end of last season.
Instead, Ledo is going to make the leap an enter the draft this year.  I mean, why wouldn’t he after him and I put up the same exact numbers in our basketball careers at PC.  I was thinking about doing the same thing after not playing at all in my Freshman season too.  I know this is a really down draft year and he’ ll absolutely get scooped up, even if its on potential alone, but you couldn’t even play one freaking season?  I feel like all of the good players at PC who could go pro somehow screw up the transition from one to the other (hello Greedy Peterson).  
Ledo is going to end up doubling the amount of PC players in the NBA, MarShon Brooks being the only other current former Friar in the league.  Gomes is playing overseas in Germany.  Donne McGrath is over in Lithuania and I guess Marcus Douthit has become a Filipino citizen, thus allowing him to join their National team last year.  And yes, of course I had to look those up.  I don’t follow these guys that close.  Give me a little credit here. 
P.S.  Is this picture not a perfect summation of his college career?
Skinny Tie for days.
P.P.S. I guess I could post his highlight film from High School/AAU so you could see what he might have been.  Jesus, who let that white kid in the black jersey guard him?  Probably ruined that kid’s whole life.

 

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