By Jeff Borzello
BRONX, N.Y. -- When Ricardo Ledo is on top of his game, there's not a better scorer in the country.
However, it's his inconsistency that has prevented him from breaking into the top-five players in 2012. That was clearly on display this weekend at the Rumble in the Bronx, when Ledo lit up the scoreboard on Friday night – only to turn around and struggle immensely Saturday morning. He was scoreless for most of the early game, with his only points coming on a few late 3-pointers.
"I played a lot better yesterday," Ledo said. "I took too many 3s today."
Despite his up-and-down play at times, Ledo still ranks near the top of his class. With his combination of size and skill, he's essentially unguardable.
Ledo is confident about his standing nationally.
"I think I'm the best guard in the country," he said. "I can do so many things."
At 6-foot-6, the Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) product has the ability to see over most opposing guards. He can handle the ball well, has a very good mid-range game and can also shoot from deep. Ledo can post up smaller guards and demonstrates great body control when knocking in tough shots. He has a great first step and uses his length to finish effectively at the rim.
Ledo, who plays on the AAU circuit with Expressions Elite and the Albany City Rocks, admits he has things to work on.
"My all-around game needs to get better," he said, pointing to defense as his major weakness.
As for recruiting, the former Providence commit is taking his time wading through the myriad colleges currently courting him.
Kentucky, Syracuse, Providence and Connecticut are the four currently standing out for Ledo, but Texas, Florida, Arizona and Maryland are also heavily involved.
"I want to go somewhere I can win," he said. "Playing time is also important."
If Ledo develops consistency, though, he will likely find getting playing time won't be much of a problem.
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