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Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 10:02 am  |  8 responses

Ricardo Ledo Still Not Cleared by NCAA


Providence College is anticipating a breakthrough 2012 season, importing one of the strongest recruiting classes in school history. One of the main pieces is point guard Ricky Ledo, who PC fans have been lauding for months. Providence begins classes in three weeks, but Ledo isn’t sure he’ll be cleared to enroll, and as of now, his college career is up in the air. Very unsettling if you’re a Friars fan, to say the least. From the Providence Journal: “Ledo’s waiting to hear how the NCAA Eligibility Center rules on a transcript that shows he moved among four high schools in five years. ‘I’m hoping for the best. I really haven’t talked about what could happen if it doesn’t work out for me,’ Ledo said. PC coach Ed Cooley is also waiting to see how things unfold. ‘I’m still hoping,’ Cooley said. ‘I don’t know if it’s hoping against hope but I have zero feel for it. We’ll see.’ The NCAA can rule Ledo a qualifier or non-qualifier, which denies him the chance to play, practice or receive athletic aid. The Big East has a policy of not allowing non-qualifiers to play at any of its schools so if Ledo enrolls without a decision being made, PC would be gambling that he’d eventually win a waiver that could gain him partial qualifier status.”

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  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com/content/view/424/37/ Shock Exchange

    This kid can flat out play. The Shock Exchange loves watching the Friars … one of the more entertaining teams in the Big East. With Ledo on board, they could make some serious waves this year.

  • billups

    another one bites the dust….I’m calling shenanigans. NCAA and the NBA are in cahoots to limit the basketball career opportunities of America’s urban youth…yeah go ahead and call me crazy- take a look at your ESPN Top 50, not long till a quarter of those guys are weeded out by the NCAA and forced to give up collegiate basketball indefinitely- Now with the commish and others pushing to extend draft eligibility to two years in college how many of these kids are going to be able to survive the NCAA gestapo’s???!! The NCAA literally has an intelligence team, like the FBI or something, that is monitoring these kids’ every (trans)action. I’ve been thinking about stuff like this for a while but now its getting blatant- every single year there are about 5 (and climbing) kids I’m excited to watch play and grow as players whose basketball careers are put in jeopardy by the NCAA….this isn’t just standard procedure either. I mean we watched Missy Franklin win 5 medals in the Olympics, gain international publicity, and now return to her senior year of high school where she will prepare to compete in collegiate swimming….I’m not alleging any ‘improper amateur benefits’- just juxtapose the opportunities available for her compared to those of a talented high school basketball player…..for goodness sakes Commish wants there to be an age limit on Team USA olympic basketball?????!! WHY!!???? When will we realize that before the 1-year rule in the NBA we never had this proliferation of 1 and done ballers??? When will we realize that this is really just a trap??? Close one door- mount up the pressure on the other one- simply a trap! I mean see Tiny Gallon, Jereme Richmond, Tommy Mason-Griffin, and we could go on forever…victims of the trap…..

  • Mac

    billups – Heaven forbid America’s urban youth actually follow the rules, go to class, pass tests etc. Would be a damn shame, I know . . .

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com/content/view/424/37/ Shock Exchange

    The harsh reality is that outside of the students at the schools where Gallon (Oklahoma), Richmond (Illinois) and Mason-Griffin (Oklahoma) attended, nobody wants to pay to see them play. Secondly, what prospective students at Providence do you know of who attended four high schools in the past five years? The only reason someone would switch schools so much would be sports-related. Too many of these kids and their parents are susceptible to being told what they want to hear from hangers on and sychophants trying to riding kids to the league. What they need to hear is “The NBA is not handing out WIC checks. Focus on college and a vocation away from the court. If you dominate the college game like Magic, Isiah, or Aguirre, then by all means leave school early. Otherwise, get your degree.”

  • David

    @Billups. Nah man, i

  • David

    @Billups: Nah man, i’m sorry but nah. These kids need to put school first. Many students athletes have done it they are no different.

  • Alex

    This kid passed his SAT and he is trying as hard as he can to be ruled eligible. He needs direction in his life and ed cooley is the guy that can do that. FREE RICKY. LET HIM PLAY

  • http://slamocomnline. Coach Bam

    This sounds like a case of the PARENTS! not doing their home work. I can understand if the parents was in the military but we all know this ain’t the case. The parent clearly were listening to too many people and not doing the research and jeopardize there child’s future. His parents sent off a red flag with the NCAA not realizing it’s going to hurt his college chances. The good thing is most kids get cleared but miss portion of the season if not cleared early enough. I hope for him that he is at least working out.

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