Providence College Friars 2012-2013 Basketball. Mixtape of Ricardo Ledo, Kris Dunn, Josh Fortune, Bryce Cotton, and the Providence Friars hosting their 2012 Midnight Madness event. 2016 Freshman Josh Fortune dunks over 7 foot Carson Derosiers. Ricardo Ledo and Bryce Cotton Throw Down sick dunks. Ed Cooley dances in front of the 2500
A nice battle on the court between Ricardo Ledo(Providence College Commit) and Jown Wall took place at the Reebok Headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts recently. BallIsLife and 2EZ Mixtapes provide footage and tell a story from their lenses.
One of the best games we have seen in a long time, # 3 Tilton vs. #16 South Kent; this was a battle from start to finish. In attendance where head coaches Jim Calhoun (Uconn) Ed Cooley (Providence) Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State) Florida assistant, and Oklahoma assistant. Tilton was without their anchor Georges Niang, because of the rule that if you are ejected out of a game you are suspended for the next game. That next game took place this afternoon, on the campus of Marianapolis Prep, Tilton came off firing on all cylinders, Wayne Selden picked up right where he left off at from the state farms tournament of champions. His three pointer was on the money as he made 4 total for the game, attacking the rim like a knife through hot butter, he looked as good as we have seen him in a long time. Selden finished the game with 31 points. The correction offices as we like to call them, Nerlens Noel & Goodluck Okonoboh held the paint down challenging shot after shot, they combined for 20 points, 21 rebounds, and 8 blocks.
Ricardo Ledo performed like he was on a mission, started the game slow but ended it in a big fashion. Scoring comes easy to some, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony to name a few, while not in the NBA as of yet but Ledo scores the ball like a professional. While the rest of the players where shooting the ball from the high school line, Ledo shot the ball from the Burger King located off route 395 behind Marianapolis Prep, but he did it off the dribble, off the screen, and finished in transition. Ledo finished with a game high 34 points, 6 three pointers, 11 rebounds. Chris Thomas kept South Kent in the game by being aggressive on the offensive end, he to is another one that scoring comes easy for. He fished the game with 10 points 7 rebounds, the game ended with 47 seconds remaining as Chris Thomas went up for a dunk while Noel trailed him and fouled him hard, the referees ruled an intentional foul both teams got scrappy and the referees ended the game South Kent wins 73-63
South Kent vs Worcester Academy, on paper you would think form the big name roster would scare Worcester away, wrong they challenged South Kent from the tip. Chris Thomas caught fire early and didnt look back he finished with 22 points, Ricardo Ledo followed with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Worcester was lead by the sharp shooting of Matt Cimino finished with 6 three pointers and a game high 24 points, Cimino had 4G reception as he knocked them down from all over, Rene Castro chipped in with 12 points and 8 assist. South Kent proved to be to much down the stretch as the pulled out the win 84 -75
New Hampton played there first home game today in front of a packed student body, as the faced a tough Winchendon school. The game was all it was hyped up to be as Winchendon’ s Akosa Maduegbunam kept his team in the game as he got hot from the outside. But Winchendon ended up losing to New Hampton. Zach Auguste led the scoring load for NHS with 17 pts, Evan Manning with 15 pts, Jared Terrell 15 pts, Mike Auger 12 pts, Noah Vonleh 7 pts and 15 Rebs. Oliver Hanlan currently still on the injured list. New Hampton 79 Winchendon 69
KUA defeats Master’s School tonight 67-43. “Cats jumped out to leads of 8-0, 12-3. 18-4 and, eventually 32-8 in the first half. A quick Master’s spurt just before half trimmed the lead to 34-15 going into the break. Master’s never got closer than 17 points in the second half. Jesse Chuku and Malik Abdul-Abu paced KUA scoring with 17 points each while Devon Thomas chipped in 15 points and five assists. Chuku earned a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.
Vermont Academy defeats Putnam Science Academy 65-59 the game was a battle from start to finish, Dominic Woodson made his presence felt bulling his way to easy baskets whenever he felt like it he finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Putnam Science came with half of the international student body who cheered the entire game, at some points in the game making it tough on coach Bopp to communicate with his players. Vermont was led Shaun Lawton 19 points, 5 assists he has the tools to make an impact at the next level, this is our first look at Lawton he will certainly move up in ranking.
As we wrap up the National Prep Showcase we bring to you the All Tournament Teams by class.
All Tournament Team 2012
Semaj Christon 6’2″ (Brewster Academy) Xavier – One of the best point guards in the class, scores in so many ways, when jump-shot develops will have a chance to make a living from distributing the pig skin.
NPS: Showed that he belongs in the conversation as one of the top five point guards in the class.
Ricardo Ledo 6’6″ (South Kent CT) Providence – One of Americas premier scores, shoots the ball out to the NBA three-point arc, and finishes above the rim like a future NBA player would. hard to believe that there are twenty one people in America better then Ledo.
NPS: the fire department was called on day 1 of the showcase from Ledo going off for 37 points
JaKarr Sampson 6’8″ (Brewster Academy) – Athletic as they come, finishes well in transition, if you don’t box out he will reward you with a poster. with developing jump – shot Sampson has a chance to play after college.
NPS: Made several highlight plays, knocked down the improved jumper.
TJ Warren 6’8″ (Brewster Academy) NC State – Doesn’t pass the athletic test, noor the look test, but don’t be fooled he passes the production test and that’s all that matters. Scores with the best of them, time and time again.
NPS: Scored at will, and showed flashes of his off-season conditioning with coach Josh and the vertimax.
Montrezl Harrell 6’8″ (Hargrave Military Academy) Virginia Tech – A complete monster, plays with passion in the paint, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and do all the little things in order to get the team win.
NPS: Proved to be a player that can help VT as soon as he steps on campus.
Mitch McGary 6’10” (Brewster Academy) – didn’t produce as he usually does, but his rebounding and energy where never in question.
Myles Davis 6’3″ (Notre Dame Prep) – One of the better shooters in the class, Xavier got another steal.
Sam Cassell Jr. 6’4″ (Notre Dame Prep) – Shot the ball extremely well, has a knack for scoring
Ethan O’Day 6’9″ (Northfield Mount Hermon) – Was near perfect this weekend, Vermont got a steal
Mike Tobey 6’11” (Blair Academy) – Scored with every post move there was, left or right it didn’t matter
All Tournament Team: 2013
NPS: ran the show for coach Sparks, mixed it up with a variety of moves and jumpers.
NPS: Scored the ball as he always does on day 2, seems like him and Ledo switched roles on day 2.
Nerlens Noel 6’9″ (Tilton School) – The eraser has added a demotions to his game, dribble moves from the perimeter to the basket. Also developing his mid range jump shot, has NBA timing when blocking shots.
NPS: Showed his versatility by putting the ball to the floor from the wing and finished with both hands.
NPS: Finished above the rim in transition, controlled the paint like a corrections officer.
NPS: Showed why he is on top of the recruiting board, can take slower bigs out to the top of the key and shoot it.
All Tournament Team: 2014
NPS: Played with great poise and under control, shoot the ball well
NPS: Showcased his point guard skills, and showed that he belonged in the conversation of top players in the class.
NPS: Didn’t score much, but we all know what he is capable of, his presence was felt.
NPS: Dennis Rodman like, Vonleh’s long term potential is scary, with his size and skill, the sky is the limit.
Johnathon Wilkins 6’10” (La Lumiere School) – Remember the name will be a big time player, great shot blocking abilities.
NPS: Changed shoots and started the break from his defensive energy.
Lee Academy (ME) 70, Fork Union Military Academy (VA) 63
Game #1: National Prep Showcase Lee Academy faced off with Military Academy, Lee was lead by Drew Crudup scored 20 points, while Brandon Neel finished the game with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Hargrave Military Academy (VA) 115, Notre Dame Prep (MA) 91
Game #2: Xavier-bound Myles Davis had 6 three-pointers in the first half of play, Davis finished with 26 point. Hargrave proved to be to big inside for Notre Dame, as they pounded the ball inside to Montrezl Harrell,who finished with 27 points and seven rebounds.
Bridgton Academy (ME) 74, St. John’s Military Academy (WI) 71
Game #3: Bridgton compeated from the tip and proved to be better prepared for tonight’s contest,. St. John’s-bound wing Amir Garrett finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. Aaron Ross (18 points, eight rebounds) countered with two free-throws at the other end. Malik Nichols then came back for Bridgton with lay-up off of a spin-move, sealing the game for his team. Jacoby Davis also had 18 point and eight rebounds for St. John’s.
St. Thomas More (CT) 83, Fishburne Military School (VA) 56
Game #4: St. Thomas More proved to be to much as they took a command early and never looked back. top scores included Rodney Sanders 13 points, Barrington Stephens 12 points AJ English11 points.
South Kent School (CT) 94, La Jolla Prep (CA) 74
Game #5 Ricardo Ledo 37 points, five assists, four rebounds made a statement, he sought out to prove that there where not 21 people in his class better then him. He scored from start to finish in all fashions. Ledo finished the half with 22 points, and started the half right where he ended, scoring at will. He has to be one of the best scores in nation, permitting that his body language is positive, which coach Jefferson seems to have in order.
New Hope Academy (MD) 84, Winchendon School (MA) 62
Game #6: New Hope got off to a good start and executed with great ball movement, didn’t settle for shots and took what they wanted on the offensive end of the court. Cavon Baker 18 points and five steals Francisco Lopez 18 points, and William Howard 19 points, 11 rebounds. Akosa Maduegbunam led Winchendon with 13 points, six rebounds for Winchendon School.
Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) 97, Massanutten Military Academy (VA) 93
Game #7: I guess they saved the best for last, and could be titled the shoot out, for the amount of 3 three-pointers attempted. Ethan ODay played the best that we have ever seen him play, Coach Becker would have been proud. Corban Collins finished with 28 points and 8 assists for Massanutten
Ricardo Ledo is considered one of the most prolific scores that New England has seen in the last five years and counting. Ledo gives the fans a show for there admission cost, he’s an explosive athlete and a strong finisher around the basket; very capable of scoring 35 nightly with effortless fashion. Ranked the #1 shooting guard in the class of 2012 by Rivals.com. Scout.com says “Arguably the best scorer in the 2012 class, Ledo has the ability to put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways.”
Ricardo seems to have gotten a bad name in the media, all in regards to people not understanding a young man with a mission. His mission is to become a successful young man and make his family proud of him while reaching his goals. “ Step into my world he says, and look into my future, it took me eighteen years to get where I’m at and I refuse to look back”
Before playing with the Expressions Elite program, Ledo was an unknown talent waiting for his chance at stardom. His chance came as Expressions gave Ledo the stage to perform nationally and the young prospect was able to establish himself as one of the best players in his class rather quickly, and has NBA potential written all over him. We sat down with Ricardo after one of his workouts at South Kent and spoke about recruiting, AAU, as well as his ranking. Ricardo will be at Providence College today on a official visit while mid-night madness is taking place.
“I committed to Providence College Because I had a good relationships with the coaches, I felt that they where the best program that fit my style of play. And I could stay close to home and have my family and friends come see all of my games.”
Bringing the excitement back to Providence is the # 1 priority of Ricardo’s
“I’m from Providence born and raised, and so is the head coach Ed Cooley, It’s a feel good story but at the same time we have the #4 recruiting class in the country we can fill up the Dunkin Donuts Center and hopefully be one of the better teams in the Big East.”
As it looks PC has a great group of highly touted guards, what about the front court are you helping to recruit front court players to take PC to the next level.
“Now that myself and Kris Dunn have committed to PC and we have good guard play, I am now helping out big time with recruiting some biggs. There are allot of good biggs available in the class of 2012, I’m definitely reaching out to them”
You are part of the Expressions AAU program, correct? What has been the best part of being with that program?
“The best part about playing with Expressions was the loyalty and how they helped there players, It was times that I made the wrong choices in life like any 16,17 year old kid would do. But instead of turning there backs on me the program stuck by me and helped me get through whatever it was that I was facing. I was able to be invited to every elite camp there was with the help of Expressions, from Lebron to Kevin Durant camp and etc. If your loyal to them they are loyal to you, they have helped me out tremendously I owe them allot.”
What do you say to those who question your work ethic, and your drive to play hard every possession?
“A lot of people think they know me but they really don’t, I work hard and most of all I want win, that’s part of the reason why I chose PC, so I could help my city win.”
When asked about playing with the Puerto Rican national team Ricardo states
“It was a good experience playing with Carlos Arroyo and Juan Barea they were going at me and I was going at them, they are pros I learned some things from them, and I’m still considering playing with them for the national team.”
We all have seen your ranking peek and also seen it come way down, due to different opinions we know that you have a competitive edge to you and the rankings tend to get to you.
“Yes they bother me, but I always worked hard, it just made me work harder to show and prove the doubters wrong.
“I hope to see all the PC fans at mid-night madness its going to be Amazing”
Thanks for having me HoopDreamsmag.