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Exclusive: Ledo Picks PC

Friday, August 26, 2011

 

Coach Cooley is on a roll!

We reported first here earlier in the week that the PC Friars new head coach had just landed the highly-touted Kris Dunn and was about to land Ricky Ledo. The eagle, or should I say “the Friar” has landed!

Sources say that that he is just contemplating when to make the announcement with Hurricane Irene about to impact the area. Regardless of when the official announcement is made, Ledo’s commitment which comes on the heels of Kris Dunn’s commitment is the perfect storm for Providence College men’s basketball.

This is the second time Ledo has committed to PC. He originally said that he would attend the school when Keno Davis was the head coach but later backed out of that verbal commitment. This time, he means it and will sign a letter of intent to prove it.

When reached by phone, Ledo would not confirm to GoLocalProv.com his intentions to choose PC.  "I haven't made my decision yet," he said.  "I plan on making my announcement next week on Thursday.  I want to do a press conference with all the hats and then pick one."

When asked if that press conference would be here or at Notre Dame Prep he said, "it'll be here at a local sports bar."  He later recanted that statement saying he's still undecided where it is going to be but you can read between the lines so-to-speak.  We have since learned that Ledo is planning a 3pm presser at Ladder 133 Bar & Grille at 133 Douglas Avenue in Providence just down the road from PC.  Do you think that he would hold a press conference there and pick one of the other 4 schools he is supposedly considering?  Not a chance!

Ledo is considered by most recruiting services to be the top shooting guard available in the class of 2012. The Notre Dame Prep star confirmed to GoLocalProv.com that his final five schools are  PC, UConn, Syracuse, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Ledo attended the Syracuse Elite Camp last weekend and there are rumors that he may consider being one-and-done player in college meaning he would jump to the pros after his freshman year which may not have impressed Orange coach Jim Boeheim.

Defending National Champion UConn may have also been lukewarm on Ledo because of his history of bouncing from high school to high school and the fact that the Huskies can’t afford to take on any questionable characters given the recent trouble the program was in with the NCAA.

Regardless of which schools really wanted him and which schools did not, this is a huge score for Cooley and his staff. It’s not often that Providence can land THE top player at his position.  He is serving notice to his fellow Big East coaches that he will not play second fiddle to the premier programs when going after top recruits.

Ed Cooley knows what it’s like to come home. He left Fairfield to return to Providence a few months ago. Now Ricky Ledo will return home to play for the Friars starting in 2012-2013.


 

 

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Comments:

I know everybody and their mother affiliated with Friars basketball is excited about this potential signing, but could you be more misleading in this article? Several times you claim how "definite" this signing is but then go on to quote Ledo himself stating "I haven't made my decision yet". Don't jump the gun so early next time...

Comment #1 by Pat Maloney on 2011 08 27

IF this is true, this is GREAT! Good job, Coach Cooley! Go West End!

Comment #2 by Michael Trenn on 2011 08 27

Pat;

In all due respect, it was not my intention to be "misleading" as you put it. Make not mistake about it, I take my journalism very seriously. I am not one to throw a bunch of stuff against the wall to see what sticks. Instead, I make sure that I get my facts right and that my sources are giving me reliable information before posting a story. I DO NOT want to be wrong....EVER! So far, I have been correct in being the first to report the hiring of Ed Cooley, the hiring of Andre LaFleur and the commitment of Kris Dunn. I am also very confident that Ledo HAS decided to go to PC, regardless of what he told me. He obviously did not want to tip his hand which I understand.

Scott

Comment #3 by Scott Cordischi on 2011 08 27

Sorry for the typo! I meant "make no mistake about it."

Comment #4 by Scott Cordischi on 2011 08 27

Scott..throw Pat against the wall, he'll stick !!

Comment #5 by Buc Kner on 2011 08 27

Scott,
Fair enough, I understand where you are coming from and the message you were portraying. I didn't mean it personally I was just ensuring the fact that god forbid Ledo decides to play elsewhere. Considering he is making his announcement at Ladder on Thursday off of Douglas, the odds are definitely stacked in our favor. Believe me, I want Ledo to come to our school as much as any Friar, I just want to instill the possibility he jumps ship last second (unfortunately this happens far too often with high school recruits). Did not mean to contradict your journalism and I apologize.
Go Friars!

Comment #6 by Pat Maloney on 2011 08 29

Pat:
No problem at all. I do understand that these kids could change their minds at the drop of a hat. I certainly hope that does not happen and don't believe it will.
I thank you for visiting the site, reading the article and taking the time to give me your feedback.
Scott

Comment #7 by Scott Cordischi on 2011 08 29

Scott,

Recently, you seem to be the only one with any clue regarding the PC basketball program. Latest rumor is that Ledo will no longer announce his choice on Thursday. Have you heard anything about this?

Keep up the good work!

Comment #8 by Matt Germond on 2011 08 30

Matt:
As I'm sure you now know, there was no press conference today. It is my understanding that Ledo likes PC and coach Cooley but some of his "people" are telling him to wait on manking a final decision. If that's true, it's a shame that the kid can't be allowed to ick where he wants to go based upon his own wants and desires and not those of someone else. Unfortunately,these things happen with top-notch recruits.

Comment #9 by Scott Cordischi on 2011 09 02




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