Ricky Ledo, No. 21 (Mock Draft)
The Jazz roll the dice on the talented scorer.
by Christian Mordi / @Mordi_TheComeUp
In the first round, the Utah Jazz addressed the point guard situation, adding a dynamic player in Shane Larkin. The Jazz could lose two starters to free agency in Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. More than likely, the Jazz will allow those two to walk due to having two capable young bigs in Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.
The rebuilding process is now in full swing.
With the 21st pick in the 2013 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Utah Jazz select…
Ricky Ledo from Providence.
Ledo is one of most intriguing players in this year’s Draft. Ledo had a up-and-down high school career, with four different high schools in five years. His recruiting process was also just as intriguing, as he committed Providence, then de-comitted and in the last days changed his mind to attend Providence yet again. Unfortunately, Ledo was then ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA. Not one bucket dropped for the Friars this year.
As head scratching and upsetting his off-the-court issues have been, Ledo is an undeniable talent and at peace on the court. Ledo was dominant throughout his high school career, rated No. 6 overall by Rivals.com. If Ledo would have played, he would have surely had a similar impact to players like Marcus Smart, Shabazz Muhammad and more.
One of the most important factors is that Utah has shown in the past that they will pick a player who has not logged a collegiate minute if they see the talent is there. Two years ago Utah took Enes Kanter from Kentucky with the third pick. The Jazz always see the big picture in regards to drafting.
Physically, Ledo possess all of the tools to be a great NBA player. Ledo is 6-6 and posted a nice vertical leap at the Combine at 34 inches. At the draft camp, Ledo put on a solid performance, impressing scouts with his ability handle the ball and create scoring opportunities for himself or others. Ledo is also a very good shooter, his ability to keep teams honest will pay huge dividends. Defensively, he may have lapses, but all of the physical tools are there to be successful. Ledo will need a mentor and coach that pushes him to be great.
Ledo’s biggest issues come from his off the court activity. Four different high schools in five years is a bit much, so maturity will be an issue that many teams will address via interviews. Location of franchise should also be a key for Ledo. In order for this young kid to grow and keep his mind focused on basketball and basketball only, a big market (NY, CHI, L.A.) is not an ideal situation for this kid. He needs to be in a situation where he can grow into a young adult. Utah provides that type of scenery, which will help this kid tremendously.
Ledo will surely be a project player who may take a year or so to come around, but could be a force for a team in the future. With Utah in the midst of rebuilding, this pick makes a lot of sense. Utah has had hard times in the past getting an dynamic wing to come into town, here is the Jazz chance to add one to their roster via draft.
|2013 SLAMonline Mock Draft|
|1||Cavs||Otto Porter||16||Celtics||Mason Plumee|
|2||Magic||Nerlens Noel||17||Hawks||Lucas Nogueira|
|3||Wizards||Anthony Bennett||18||Hawks||Tony Mitchell|
|4||Bobcats||Ben McLemore||19||Cavs||Sergey Karasev|
|5||Suns||Victor Oladipo||20||Bulls||Gorgui Dieng|
|6||Pelicans||Trey Burke||21||Jazz||Ricky Ledo|