ESPN’s Chad Ford released [Insider only] his fourth 2013 NBA mock draft Tuesday morning. In this installment he has the Denver Nuggets selecting freshman Providence guard
Ricardo Ricky Ledo with the No. 27 overall pick.
Ledo, a 6’6 combo guard, was ruled academically ineligible in his only year on campus and didn’t play in a single game as a Friar. He did, however, practice everyday with the team, which is how scouts were able to get a look at him. His lack of actual game time is what hinders his draft stock the most.
The former Friar freshman has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. He can shoot off the dribble and get to the rim with a fluid handle and good athleticism. According to Ford, the Nuggets don’t “have any immediate needs.”
“That should give them (the Nuggets) the option to take another young player who they could patiently develop,” Ford writes.
Ledo has the ability to play both guard positions and could potentially develop into a nice back-up point guard, or eventually take over the starting shooting guard position besides Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson. Ledo’s at his best with the ball in his hands. His ability to score off the dribble or set up teammates could help a team that offense stalled in the half court set.
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