Ledo enjoying Friars' success
Ricky Ledo likes the direction Providence College is heading under the head coach Keno Davis.
PROVIDENCE â€“ For Ricky Ledo, itâ€™s games like Providence Collegeâ€™s 83-68 vanquishing of No. 8 Villanova on Wednesday night that has the Providence native convinced he made the right call.
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Sitting behind the PC bench with several of his new Notre Dame Prep teammates, Ledo could only imagine the possibilities as Vincent Council pushed the ball against the guard-oriented Wildcats, with Gerard Coleman and Marshon Brooks filling the lanes. Playing in Keno Davisâ€™ wide-open attack is what prompted Ledo to issuing a verbal commitment to the Friars on Christmas Eve, along with the allure of playing in his hometown.
â€śItâ€™s fast-paced and free,â€ť said Ledo, donning a Providence sweatshirt, about PC's offense. â€śItâ€™s just up and down, which is the style I play. It fits me perfectly.â€ť
There have been rumors floating around town that Ledo could enroll at Providence as quickly as next year, since this technically is his fourth year of high school. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard reaffirmed that he plans on being in the high school Class of 2012.
â€śNothing is going to change,â€ť said Ledo. â€śIâ€™m going to come (to Providence) in 2012.â€ť
Ledo spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Bishop Hendricken before enrolling at St. Andrewâ€™s last year. He started this past year at South Kent Prep in Connecticut before departing from the all-boys school earlier this month. By moving to Notre Dame Prep, located in Fitchburg, Mass., Ledo feels heâ€™ll be able to check out the Friars at The Dunk on a more frequent basis.
â€śIâ€™ve already been to five or six games this year,â€ť Ledo said. â€śGrowing up I always watched Providence on TV or came to games. Just knowing that Iâ€™ll be playing here in a couple years, itâ€™s nice.â€ť
Ledo says viewing Big East competition up close has helped him get a head start on what he needs to work on. â€śStrength, speed and defense,â€ť are the three areas he says heâ€™ll zero in on over the next 1 Â˝ at Notre Dame Prep.
Ledo has quickly discovered thereâ€™s a pretty nice perk that comes with stating his intentions of becoming a Friar, that of building friendships with future teammates. â€śI know a lot of these guys. Gerard, Marshon, Bilal (Dixon), Kadeem (Batts), I pretty much know the whole team.â€ť
Watching the Friars string together some success after starting out 0-6 in Big East play has Ledo believing things are moving in the right direction.
â€śThey struggled in the beginning, but now theyâ€™re becoming a better team,â€ť Ledo said. â€śObviously you see that because now theyâ€™re beating ranked teams. In a couple of years they should be up there with the help of me and a couple of others.â€ť