Friar Basketball

Will Ricky Stay or Go?


It’s all going to come down to Tuesday for Providence and homegrown star Ricky Ledo.  ESPN’s Andy Katz wrote this morning that Ledo would inform PC head Ed Cooley on Tuesday if he will return to Providence next season or declare for the NBA Draft.

This is a decision four years in the making.

Ledo burst onto the scene as a high school sophomore, scoring 25 points in the first half of the state championship game for Bishop Hendricken and saw his stock continue to rise until he was a universal top 25 player nationally in the class of 2012.

It’s been quite a journey to get to this point for Ledo and the Friars – one that included a verbal commitment on Christmas Day in 2010, a retraction just weeks later, a second commitment in September of 2011 and an additional year and a half of uncertainty as he was deemed a partial qualifier in September 2012 (able to practice, but not play his first year on campus). Questions have persisted about his plans for next year ever since.

Perhaps no player in Providence history has been followed this closely for this long without ever suiting up for the Friars, and PC fans are days away from finally getting an answer to a question that has lingered over the program since before Cooley took over: “Will Ricky ever play for the Friars?”

Looking for a prediction? Those who have followed Ledo throughout the past four years are familiar with the perils of trying to figure his next move, but if pressed for an answer the thought here is the Ledo declares for the Draft. Prior to the Katz story breaking, word reached me earlier this week that Ledo was leaning in that direction and the Katz news coming so soon after has this writer believing the timing may not have been so coincidental.

Again, Ledo has been unpredictable at times in the past, and a lot could transpire over the weekend, but as of Friday night the thought here is that Ledo will turn professional.



  1. Andrew

    April 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I think he stays to play for the Friars. Regardless, I am happy for Ricky as he is in a win-win situation whatever the decision is.

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