Monday, September 05, 2011

Providence Lands Another Top 2012 Recruit

The big news two weeks ago was Providence landing Kris Dunn, who is arguably the best point guard in the 2012 recruiting class. At the time I talked about how the key for new head coach Ed Cooley was building up a big first recruiting class. Probably the most important thing for a coach taking over a new program is establishing the school as a location for recruits by putting together a first class full of blue chippers. If you can't get those recruits in Year 1, it becomes exponentially harder in years 2 and 3.

And so the big news out of Providence today is that they have added Ricardo Ledo, a 6'6" wing. Ledo is rated the 8th best recruit in the nation at any position by, which actually puts him ahead of Kris Dunn on that list. ESPN rates him 22nd, while has him the 6th best shooting guard in the class.

Ledo was actually originally a Providence recruit, since they're his hometown team. Leo re-opened his commitment fter Keno Davis was removed from the head coaching position, but he's back in the fold, and is now suggesting he might try to come in a semester early so he can play for the team in January. It's unlikely that the team will be in play for an at-large bid this coming season, so I'm not sure it's going to do a whole lot for the program to get him a semester early, but it can't hurt.

There's no question that Providence fans are buzzing right now. By the opinion of some, Providence is currently sitting on the #3 recruiting class for 2012. They won't end up that high as some of the bigger programs begin to close the deal on more of their recruits, but that's still a great start for Ed Cooley, with even more top players out there that the school is in play for. It's a tremendous start for the Providence native at his new job.

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