NCAA: Ledo Can Practice, Not Play As Freshman
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
It's not the best case scenario, but it's not the worst.
The NCAA announced Wednesday that Ricky Ledo will be allowed to practice with the PC Friars this year but will not be allowed to play in games his freshman year.
Ledo released a statement through the school. "I am happy to be a student at Providence College," he said. "It has always been a dream of mine to represent PC and I am looking forward to my days as a student-athlete."
Tuesday Ledo told GoLocalProv.com that even if he could not play as a freshman, that he planned on staying in school at Providence and playing as a sophomore. That contradicts rumblings from CBSsports college basketball insider Jeff Goodman who has intimated that Ledo could still leave Providence to pursue other options.
It would appear that Ledo will stick to his word and remain a Friar.
Friars coach Ed Cooley could not be reached for comment by the time this story was posted. However, the school did release a statement from him on their official website www.friars.com. "Today the NCAA informed us that the eligibility waiver for Ricky Ledo has been partially approved and Ricky will be allowed to practice with the team but he can't compete in games. We are excited that Ricky has the oppotunity pursue his education and be part of the team. We believe that this gives us the chance to help him grow as an individual."
Cooley did tell GoLocalProv.com Tuesday, “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.”
Not having Ledo is a blow to PC who is also without star recruit Kris Dunn to start the season due to a shoulder injury. However, Cooley told GoLocalProv.com about a month ago that he fully expects Dunn to play as a freshman this year. Speculation is that Dunn could be ready to return sometime around December or January.