Providence head coach Keno Davis has to be feeling especially giddy this Christmas morning.
South Kent junior shooting guard and Providence native Ricardo Ledo announced on his Twitter account that he is verbally committing to the Friars for the fall of 2012, a huge get for a program that is off to a surprising 11-2 start as it gets ready to open Big East play next week.
"I'm proud to be a PC Friar [and] happy with my choice," Ledo wrote.
Ledo is the No. 3 shooting guard, and No. 13 overall, for the Class of 2012 in the latest ESPN rankings. He chose to stay in-state despite a plethora of suitors from all over the country, including Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse, UConn, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rhode Island, UMass, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Indiana, Texas and Villanova.
His latest evaluation from Scouts, Inc. reads as follows:
Ledo is a pure scorer who is capable of getting buckets from any spots on the floor. He has great size for his position with a long build, explosive athleticism, and the full range of offensive skills. He is quick off the bounce with a tight handle and corresponding range to the arc off the catch or dribble. He has great body control in the lane where he can finish either above his man or around multiple defenders. Ledo is a good pasers when he wants to be and is capable of taking the game over at any time.
Ledo's talent is virtually limitless and so he needs to become more consistent and efficient. He appears to pre-determine his moves at times and settles for shots with high degrees of difficulty when his versatile talents should make the game easy for him when reading the defense. He needs to show a more consistent sense of urgency on both ends of the ball, especially defensively, where he tends to over-gamble.
Ledo is as talented of a shooting guard prospect as there is in the class of 2012. He is a scoring threat from anywhere on the floor and can put up huge numbers when he gets into a groove. As he learns to be more consistent and efficient, he will only continue to improve.