By BRENDAN McGAIR
PROVIDENCE â€“ Ricky Ledo will leave Providence College without playing a single minute for his hometown Friars.
School officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Ledo will forego his four years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.
â€śI want to thank Providence College for the opportunity to be a Friar,â€ť Ledo said. â€śAs much as I wanted to play for the Friars and help the team win a BIG EAST championship, I felt I could not pass up this opportunity to enter the NBA Draft now. I had a great experience this season and will always remember the great atmosphere for our games at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. I appreciate all the support from the College, the fans, my teammates and the coaching staff, especially Coach Cooley. I love my teammates and I will always be a Friar.â€ť
In September, the NCAA ruled that Ledo could not compete in games for the Friars in 2012-13. Ledo did practice and workout with the squad this season.
â€śWe want to wish Ricky all the best and thank him for his efforts this season,â€ť Providence College Head Coach Ed Cooley said. â€śRicky is one of the most talented players that I have had the opportunity to coach. I am sure he will enjoy a very productive professional career. He will always be a member of the Friar family.â€ť