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Monday, September 5, 2011
ND Prep's Ledo re-commits to Providence

By ESPNBoston.com

Notre Dame Prep shooting guard Ricardo Ledo has ended his recruitment for a second time, giving Providence a verbal commitment today.

Ledo had previously pledged to the Friars and coach Keno Davis last Christmas Eve, but opted to open things up again just a month later.

The 6-foot-6 Providence native chose the Friars over UConn, Kentucky, Syracuse and West Virginia. He gives new head coach Ed Cooley two commits ranked in the top 30 of ESPNU's Class of 2012, joining New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn.

In an article just posted on ESPN.com, senior writer Andy Katz says there's a possibility that Ledo could enroll this coming January. After guiding Bishop Hendricken to RIIL state championships as a freshman and sophomore, Ledo transferred to NEPSAC Class AA power St. Andrew's in Barrington, R.I. and re-classified to the Class of 2012. He has since transferred to South Kent (Conn.) before landing at Notre Dame Prep midway through last season.

Katz writes:


But there is a chance Ledo may beat Dunn to campus. Ledo said he and his family are investigating all options at this juncture, even possibly getting to Providence by January.

Ledo said he still needs to take the SAT and he needs at least one more core course. He may choose the option of finishing up his work instead of going to Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) for a post-graduate year.

Ledo has been in high school for eight semesters at three different high schools, a red flag usually for the NCAA Eligibility Center to work on clearing a player.

The more likely scenario for Ledo is to join Dunn at the beginning of next season.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet (this year) but we'll talk to my family and see what we can do," Ledo said.




Scouts Inc.'s latest evaluation characterized Ledo as follows:



Strengths:
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 rhythm dribble. He has great body control in the lane where he can finish either above his man or around multiple defenders he is very creative with his finishes. Watch him attack and beat the first defender then beat the help as his instincts to score are special.

Weaknesses:
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 of a sense of urgency, especially defensively, where he tends to over-gamble.

Bottom Line:
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 while being the guy who can take over a game.