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Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

Posted on: September 5, 2011 8:02 pm
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By Jeff Goodman

Ed Cooley had no choice. He had to go after local star Ricky Ledo.

Ledo is one of the most talented scorers in the entire country, a guy that the new Providence Friars coach can normally only dream of landing. CBSSpports.com broke the news on Monday afternoon that Ledo committed to Providence.

But, in essence, the ideal scenario for Cooley may be the following:

Ledo never, ever steps foot on campus.

``It's absolutely the best thing for Cooley," said one source extremely close to the situation.

It sounds nuts, but hear me out.

Ledo is at his fourth school - which is a major academic red flag for not only the NCAA, but also for those who track the success rate of those who have established a clear track record of instability in high school. This is his second pledge to the local school, the first coming when Keno Davis was at the helm.

Many of those who have suited up alongside Ledo aren't enamored with him because of his unwillingness to be a quality teammate - and the attitude he often displays. His pledge could wind up hurting Providence with some local targets.

Also, there are plenty who feel as though Ledo playing so close to home in the fishbowl that is Providence may be ultimately setting him up to fail. 

Ledo's record this past July, at one point, was 1-10. The last high-level guy who had a mark like that one was Renardo Sidney, and um, look what's happened with him.

Let's hope I am wrong about Ledo - and he winds up academically qualifying and buying into his role as a member of a team.

However, I'm skeptical.

Cooley has already reaped the reward of a two-week stretch in which he landed arguably the nation's top point guard, Kris Dunn, and another elite level wing in Ledo.

It's given him and the Providence program exactly the pop he needed to make the Friars "cool."

People are writing about Providence for the first time in years.

But Ledo - if he does wind up in a PC uniform - could set the program back instead of moving it forward.  

Ledo has already spent four years in high school and doesn't have a diploma. The plan is to have him get his GED, then add one core class and arrive in December or January.

I'll believe it when I see it.

And I just don't think that'll ever happen - and that may not be the worst thing for Cooley and the future of the Friars.
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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:16 am
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

This is the classic example of a college basketball writer/analyst helping out the big boys. I bet that envelope was nice and fat this Xmas huh Jeff? Or did Rick shun u for an interview and this is your payback? U POS, the one single fact in your whole article(Ledo is at his fourth school)is followed up by nothing but unfounded and unprovable hearsay.

Last time I checked Ricky Ledo didn't break any laws which can't be said for a large number of high major players. Why don't you pick one of those felons to write about this way your article won't be completely BS.
 


"Many of those who have suited up alongside Ledo aren't enamored with him because of his unwillingness to be a quality teammate - and the attitude he often displays. His pledge could wind up hurting Providence with some local targets."


 
After reading your hypothesis(for lack of a better a term)above is when I realized your not as in tuned to the recruitng landscape as you think, because if you were, you would have known a guy by the name of Nerlens Noel has become pretty close with Rick and can be seen sitting down behind the Friar bench at just about every home game, right besides yours truly, Ricky Ledo. (get a clue)

don't forget to pucker up wide next January jeff



Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

What goes on at Kentucky?  Can you please elaborate, or you are just throwing Kentucky in the mix to get some attention?

Last time I checked, Cal's players have represented one success story after the other, on and off the court.  Players who are leaving early to become instant millionaires are coming back to school to finish their degrees.  John Wall posted a GPA of 3.5 in his last semester by keeping on going to classes even knowing that he will be the top draftee in the NBA draft. 

I don't have issues with constructive criticism, but just saying crap makes the writer a crappy writer.  Come up with your evidence or give it a rest.



Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

I never liked Goodman's stories.  They often lack objectivity and he thinks that he is smarter than everyone on the planet. 



Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

This is one of the worst slanders against a young kid that I have ever read.  The basketball world is full of kids with dirty laundry, but it is also full of people who managed to turn their lives around playing college sports.  Ledo did not beat up his girlfriend, did not spend time in jail, and managed to overcome a turbulent childhood to get to this point.  He could have easily drifted in the wrong direction but he did not.  This in itself is a success story. 

Goodman shows tremendous insensitivity in this article and I am surprised it was sanctioned by the CBS sports editor.




Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:10 am
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

Yeah, and Caron Butler didn't raise any red flags?  LOL  

At least Cooley didn't steal a scholarship from an Orphan to make this happen!  Talk about a scumbag move!



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:08 am
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

Wow.

It's not as if Ledo is a convicted felon like Allen Iverson (Georgetown) or Caron Butler (UConn). 

Did you write an article like this about Anthony Hubbard, who got his GED in prison, and then was welcomed to Iowa by Fran McCaffery (and is now leaving to play under Todd Bozeman at Morgan State)?

Or, do you just choose to ignore what goes on at the UConns and Kentuckys of the world and focus on risk that little PC is taking?



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:25 am
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

its like providence is saying..."alright Ricky we see you dont like school so F-it what you can do is... quit,go get a G.E.D and we'll find a way to get the extra credits needed to get you in" so why even have these kids go to high school at all? they can all just play AAU ball all year round for 3 or 4 years then go take a G.E.D test and get into college.IDK about anyone else but this sounds a lot worse than moving a scholarship around.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:12 am
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

WOW!!! This kid is gonna run and get a G.E.D!!!! then do some B.S course work(probably online)and then add all the credits up to be accepted academically! and people have the nerve to bash UConn about Andre Drummond at least he actually graduated from high school.Don't know the kid and hopefully his situation works out but i have to agree that if what the writer says is true then he should cause some real red flags to be thrown up but i'm sure all of this will be overlooked since he is one of the top players in the country.Just funny to me how evryone talks about how UConn wants to win at all costs,seems like Providence is willing to do the same as is every team in america,i just want to see if they get the same negative responses as UConn does.



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:42 am
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

Must say I am quite surprised by the strong words written  by Jeff Goodman regarding Ricky Ledo. He admits he is skeptical here and does somewhat couch his words but unless he knows something more than Ed Cooley does, (which I doubt), then this article is very irresponsible IMO.

Yes, the "Ricky yes, Ricky no" fishbowl has been tedious and distracting but come on Jeff - give this kid, PC, and Coach Cooley a break here and refrain from writing such a nasty piece about an 18 year old kid who has yet to even begin college...

This is not good and really an unnecessary distraction amidst everything else that has transpired with Ricky Ledo. To say "Cooley had no choice" is pure BS - Cooley had a choice and I am sure Cooley has a plan as well...

A good question to ask is this: If what Goodman writes is true, would he have written this if say Ledo verballed to one of the many other top tier schools recruiting him?

And to build his piece around: "Ledo never, ever steps foot on campus." is a direct slap at PC and the entire staff.

Goodman doesn't let up here and continues on with: "Many of those who have suited up alongside Ledo aren't enamored with him ....His pledge could wind up hurting Providence with some local targets." Talk about a total smack down? What is it with Goodman and Ledo anyway?



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Friars best scenario? Ledo never steps on campus

This is a high school kid you're writing about, not a veteran professional player. This article is borderline slanderous. I certainly hope you remember and fess up when the kid proves you wrong.


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