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Thoughts on Ledo Updates from, Providence Journal


Kudos to Scott Cordischi of for his piece this morning detailing the three possible scenarios facing the Providence freshman Ricardo Ledo.  Providence should hear of his fate in the next 48 hours, according to his report.

From the article: has learned that one of three scenarios is likely to be handed down on Ledo and all of them allow him to remain on scholarship at PC.

First, the best-case scenario would be that Ledo’s waiver is granted making him a full qualifier ready to practice and play with the team as a freshman.

The second scenario would be for the NCAA to allow Ledo to practice with the team this year but not play in games for the Friars.

The third, least-desirable scenario would be one where Ledo would not be allowed to practice or play for the Friars this season. However, even in this case, he would be allowed to attend PC on an athletic scholarship.

When asked if scenario #3 were to be handed down, Ledo said, “even if that happens, I’m going to go to school here this year and play here next year.”

While the final scenario is a positive development in the face of the uncertainty in the midst of the NCAA’s look into Ledo’s transcript, Cordischi’s assertion that it is “great” news may be a bit strong.   We’ve learned that a lot can change over the course of year in college basketball – what we project rosters to be can change dramatically in a matter of weeks.  Ledo planning to stick around for the 2013-14 season would be more encouraging consolation than ‘great news’ in light of losing this coming season.

That being said, on paper the Friars would have a versatile set of scorers in 2013-14, a year in which they’ll welcome transfers Tyler Harris and Carson Desrosiers.  Harris, in particular, has a diversified offensive skill set, with the ability to score beyond the arc and from mid-range at 6’9.  Combined with Ledo, LaDontae Henton, and Kris Dunn, Providence would have more length and scoring ability at the 1-4 spots than they have had in years.  Flanked by shooters in Bryce Cotton and Josh Fortune and there is potential for a deep offensive group.  Add an interior defensive presence and that team could make noise in the Big East.

Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal also reported this morning that Ledo is settled on campus and taking classes.

For all of the hysteria regarding Ledo in recent weeks, Cooley was quick to note to Cordischi, “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.”



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