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Providence's Ricky Ledo entering NBA draft

Tuesday - 4/9/2013, 5:18pm  ET

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Providence freshman guard Ricky Ledo is entering the NBA draft.

Ledo, a Providence native, said Tuesday he "felt he could not pass up this opportunity to enter the NBA draft now."

"I want to thank Providence College for the opportunity to be a Friar," Ledo said. "I had a great experience this season and will always remember the great atmosphere for our games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. I love my teammates and I will always be a Friar."

In September, the NCAA ruled that Ledo could not compete in games for the Friars in 2012-13, but he did practice and work out with the team during the season. The 6-foot-6 Ledo did not play because he did not meet NCAA academic standards for eligibility, but enough NBA scouts who watched him practice with the Big East program indicated he had a chance to be drafted.

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.

"We want to wish Ricky all the best and thank him for his efforts this season," Providence coach Ed Cooley said. "Ricky 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."

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

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