Ricardo Ledo and Nerlens Noel To Visit Syracuse
Speculation revolving DaJuan Coleman’s college choice is the highest it’s been, and fan confidence may be waning with each passing day. However, there are some very positive things happening this summer elsewhere on the recruiting trail, with examples coming in the form of Thursday’s report that highly-touted prospects Ricardo Ledo and Nerlens Noel will visit the Syracuse campus this weekend.
Ledo is a player who has been on Syracuse’s radar for some time now. While he’s listed at 6’7, he’s considered more of a shooting guard who features great size, incredible scoring instincts and finishing ability. Ledo is the kind of dynamic guard who figures to receive a healthy chunk of playing time from the get-go, wherever he winds up. In Syracuse’s case, that may be a challenge with Michael Carter-Williams projected to run the point with Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters alongside him at the two, to say nothing of what may become of Trevor Cooney.
As talented as Ledo is, his path to college hoops hasn’t been without its bumps. This fall, he will enter his fourth high school in as many years, and he’s already committed and decommitted from one school, Providence. As Ledo is a high school senior, this will count as one of his five official visits, so you get the feeling he may be coming close to a decision, however firm it may be. It’s also worth noting that Ledo is a close friend of Carter-Williams and plays with Dajuan Coleman for the Albany City Rocks.
The other visitor, Nerlens Noel, absolutely exploded this summer for BABC, the Boston-area AAU club. In compiling an eye-popping 80-3 record this year, high-major colleges had plenty of opportunities to check out the uber-talented squad with Noel as its crown jewel, so it’s no surprise that he’s commanding a ton of interest as he enters his junior season. He’s carved out an MO as the country’s best shot-blocker at 6’10″/205, while holding his own on offense. It’s somewhat of a challenge to picture how Noel would fit into SU’s depth chart in 2013 given the current personnel and who the Orange is going after for the 2012 class. At this point, it’s probably best to simply view the visit as Syracuse hosting a tremendous prospect and letting personnel matters sort themselves out over the long run. While Noel’s visit falls into the “unofficial” category, it’s becoming common knowledge that most of the headway when it comes to recruiting is made in this environment where schools aren’t as heavily restricted.
While high expectations surround the 2011-12 Syracuse team, it’s always good to have an eye on the future, and recruiting efforts have resulted in bringing in two of the biggest fish around.