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PC Media Day Roundup: Quick Hitters from Council, Ledo, Fortune and more

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Some final quick hit thoughts from PC’s on campus media day.  We’ll wrap it up with Ed Cooley’s notes very soon.

  • Vincent Council was honest in sharing his disappointment in the NCAA’s ruling regarding Ricardo Ledo’s eligibility.  He called being ranked 59th on CBS’s list of the top 100 college basketball players in the country “an honor”, but added, “obviously, I think I should be ranked higher, but that’s what I’ll need to prove this year.”  Council acknowledged that playing nearly 95% of the available minutes a season ago did take a toll on him, yet he was predictably unfazed at the prospect of seeing that many minutes again, noting that he’s had an entire offseason to rest and work on his conditioning.
  • Josh Fortune is very excited to have his high school and AAU teammate, Rodney Bullock, coming to Providence next season, but noted that going to the same college was not something they spent much time discussing together.  He said Bullock “can shoot and handle the ball, so I think he’ll help us a lot.”  In regards to his transition to Providence?  “It’s been a fun experience going to practice every day, going to class, getting to meet new friends and getting to know the area.”  He’s not bothered by the “shooter” label at all.
  • Ricky Ledo, not surprisingly, said it feels great to be part of “the Friar family.”  With a season away from game action he was asked how that changes his approach this season, “My mentality hasn’t changed – it’s just to continue to get better, be the best player I can be and help my teammates out in practice so they can be the best players they can be.  So, my mentality never really changes, this is just a stepping stone that will make me a better player.”  Like Desrosiers, Ledo pointed to the Army workout the team went through two weeks ago as a true bonding experience.
  •  Tyler Harris talked about his original recruitment to Providence by Keno Davis’s staff and said that he really liked Providence, but he simply chose to go somewhere else.  Much was made of that monster Late Night Madness that included Harris, Ryan Boatright, and Michael Chandler, with all three recruits choosing to go elsewhere, leading some to question at the time whether PC’s Madness wasn’t appealing to recruits.  Harris disagreed, saying he had a great experience.  His younger brother is a well regarded 2014 prospect out of New York who was on campus for PC’s elite camp this summer, but he’s pretty much wide open in his recruitment at this point.

 

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