Ledo to leave Providence for NBA draft

Ricky Ledo will leave Providence College to enter this June's NBA draft, the school announced on Tuesday.

Ledo, a Providence native, did not play for the Friars as a freshman this past season because he did not meet academic standards for eligibility.

According to the Providence Journal, some NBA scouts who watched Ledo practice with the Friars have indicated he has first-round potential.

"As 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 Dunkin' Donuts Center," Ledo said in a statement.

Ledo, who was rated as a top-25 high school prospect, spent time at four different programs in five years of high school before receiving a scholarship from Providence.

Providence coach Ed Cooley said Ledo was one of the most talented players that he's had the opportunity coach, and said the freshman will always be a member of the Friar family.

Providence went 19-15 this season, and advanced to the NIT.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.