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Ricky Ledo

Ricky Ledo

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
Year: Freshman
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 197 lbs.
Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of June, Timberwolves.com will profile a series of prospects that could be available at Minnesota’s No. 9 or 26 picks, or if they choose to move up during the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27. Part IV focuses on Ricky Ledo, the talented wing who did not play a game in college and is trying to secure a spot in the first round. He worked out at Target Center on May 30.



Mark Remme
Wolves Editor/Writer

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Mock Draft Projections: 2nd Round with potential to move into 1st

2012-13 Season: Did not play/partial qualifier

There might not be a more intriguing prospect in this Draft than Ricky Ledo. The shooting guard out of Providence College was a top recruit coming out of high school—catching the eye of several top schools around the country. He ended up staying close to home and attending PC, but he missed the entire season after being ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA. He had the possibility of being eligible next season if he met academic requirements, but instead Ledo weighed his options and decided this was the right season to test the Draft.

This could be a major gamble for Ledo. At 6-foot-6 with a great shot and incredible handle, he’s the type of player who some consider to be a potential lottery pick if he put together a successful season in college. But with a year off and questions about attending multiple high schools before enrolling at PC, there are questions NBA teams need answered about him before selecting him with a top pick.

"I'm a good kid. I like to show I like to have fun, getting to know me and getting to know my game,” Ledo said after his May 30 workout at the LifeTime Fitness Training Center. “Get to know me and you'll understand who I really am."


Ledo was invited to the Draft Combine, and teams are curious about his potential. There really is not prototype mock draft that can define where Ledo might land on June 27. He’s a guy whose brilliance on the court could win out and land him somewhere in the first round. He also could fall into a non-guaranteed contract situation in the second, making his decision to come out early a big gamble. But he’s confident in his game, and that will likely show through with teams as he continues his workouts around the country.

STRENGTHS

At 6-foot-6, Ledo has the size of a wing mixed with the handle of a point guard. He really can bring a point-forward type of style to a team. Watching his highlight film, you see he’s got great rhythm on the court and can score with his quickness and agility getting to the rim or with a nice stroke from the perimeter. A team that picks him up will also get a guy who can guard multiple positions as he possesses a strong ability to move laterally.

WEAKNESSES

Ledo hasn’t played in game situations for a year, meaning he really is a mystery in terms of his development and conditioning, and there are likely question marks about why he attended four high schools and wasn’t eligible to play at PC. His upside is undeniable, but because he’s young there could be an adjustment period involved in his development. That could deter teams who are looking for someone to come in and fill a prominent role right away. He will also need to work on his strength, because at 6-foot-6 and 197 pounds he does run the risk of running into thicker wing players who will have a physical advantage.

THEY SAID IT

“[I need to prove] just that I belong. That I didn’t make a mistake coming out early, and my game is going to do the talking. I’m ready to make this next jump and show that I’m a good player, and I can play in this league.” — Providence College guard Ricky Ledo

WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THE WOLVES

Ledo would provide a wide variety of skills for the Wolves, beginning with his size. At 6-foot-6, he’s got the size to guard on the perimeter that Minnesota lacked last year, and he’s mobile enough to have a defensive impact. Offensively, he not only can knock down jumpers and get to the rim but he also would be a player with size who could handle the ball. Watching his handle, you can see the potential he could have in the league.

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Time Draft Picks

Year
Player
Pos.
School
Rd / Pick
Ht / Wt
Class
2012
Robbie Hummel
F
Purdue
2 / 58
6'8" / 215
Sr
2011
Derrick Williams
F
Arizona
1 / 2
6'8" / 248
So

Donatas Motiejunas
F/C
Italy
1 / 20
7'0" / 222
Int'l
2010
Wesley Johnson
G/F
Syracuse
1 / 4
6'7" / 215
Jr
Luke Babbitt
F
Nevada
1 / 16
6'9" / 225
So
Trevor Booker
F
Clemson
1 / 23
6'8" / 240
Sr
Paulo Prestes
C
Brazil
2 / 45
6'11" / 260
Int'l
Hamady Ndiaye
C
Rutgers
2 / 56
7'0" / 235
Sr
2009
Ricky Rubio
G
Spain
1 / 5
6'4" / 180
Int'l

Jonny Flynn
G
Syracuse
1 / 6
6'0" / 185
So

Ty Lawson
G
North Carolina
1 / 18
5'11" / 195
Jr

Wayne Ellington
G
North Carolina
1 / 28
6'4" / 200
Jr

Nick Calathes
G
Florida
2 / 45
6'6" / 194
So

Henk Norel
F
Netherlands
2 / 47
6'10" / 230
Int'l
2008
OJ Mayo
G
USC
1 / 3
6'4" / 200
Fr
Nikola Pekovic
C
Montenegro
2 / 31
6'11" / 265
Int
Mario Chalmers
G
Kansas
2 / 34
6'1" / 190
Jr
2007
Corey Brewer
F
Florida
1 / 7
6'9" / 185
Jr

Chris Richard
F
Florida
2 / 41
6'9" / 255
Sr
2006
Brandon Roy
G
Washington
1 / 6
6'6" / 215
Sr

Craig Smith
F
Boston College
2 / 36
6'7" / 250
Sr

Bobby Jones
F
Washington
2 / 37
6'7" / 215
Sr

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
F
Greece
2 / 57
6'11" / 260
Int'l
2005
Rashad McCants
G
North Carolina
1 / 14
6'4" / 207
Jr

Bracey Wright
G
Indiana
2 / 47
6'3" / 210
Jr
2004
Blake Stepp
G
Gonzaga
2 / 58
6'4" / 194
Sr
2003
Ndudi Ebi
F
Westbury Christian H.S.
1 / 26
6'9" / 195
HS

Rick Rickert
F
Minnesota
2 / 55
6'11" / 215
So
2002
Marcus Taylor
G
Michigan State
2 / 52
6'3" / 195
So
2001
Loren Woods
C
Arizona
2 / 46
7'1" / 245
Sr
2000
Igor Rakocevic
G
Yugoslavia
2 / 51
6'2" / 184
Int
1999
Wally Szczerbiak
F
Miami (Ohio)
1 / 6
6'7" / 244
Sr

William Avery
G
Duke
1 / 14
6'2" / 180
So

Louis Bullock
G
Michigan
2 / 42
6'2" / 180
Sr
1998
Rasho Nesterovic
C
Slovenia
1 / 17
7'0" / 248
Int

Andrae Patterson
F
Indiana
2 / 46
6'9" / 240
Sr
1997
Paul Grant
C
Wisconsin
1 / 20
7'0" / 245
Sr

Gordon Malone
F
West Virginia
2 / 44
6'11" / 215
Jr
1996
Ray Allen
G
Connecticut
1 / 5
6'5" / 205
Jr
1995
Kevin Garnett
F
Farragut Academy H.S.
1 / 5
6'11" / 220
HS

Mark Davis
F
Texas Tech
2 / 48
6'7" / 210
Sr

Jerome Allen
G
Pennsylvania
2 / 49
6'4" / 184
Sr
1994
Donyell Marshall
F
Connecticut
1 / 4
6'9" / 220
Jr

Howard Eisley
G
Boston College
2 / 30
6'3" / 180
Sr
1993
Isaiah Rider
G
UNLV
1 / 5
6'5" / 215
Sr

Sherron Mills
F
Virginia Commonwealth
2 / 29
6'9"
Sr
1992
Christian Laettner
F
Duke
1 / 3
6'11" / 235
Sr

Marlon Maxey
F
UTEP
2 / 28
6'8" / 250
Sr

Chris Smith
G
Connecticut
2 / 34
6'3" / 191
Sr

Tim Burroughs
F
Jacksonville
2 / 51
6'8"
Sr
1991
Luc Longley
C
New Mexico
1 / 7
7'2" / 265
Sr/Int

Myron Brown
G
Slippery Rock
2 / 34
6'3" / 180
Sr
1990
Felton Spencer
C
Louisville
1 / 6
7'0" / 265
Sr

Gerald Glass
G
Mississippi
1 / 20
6'6" / 221
Sr
1989
Pooh Richardson
G
UCLA
1 / 10
6'1" / 186
Sr

Gary Leonard
C
Missouri
2 / 34
7'1" / 246
Sr

Doug West
G
Villanova
2 / 38
6'6" / 200
Sr

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