Providence reeled in four guards including a top-five point guard and top-five shooting guard. Both point guard Kris Dunn (#24) and shooting guard Ricardo Ledo (#16) will make an impact from day one and will combine to make a formidable back court. Both are play-makers who can create their own shots and love to get out in transition. They excel in the open court and will be very tough to defend. It will be interesting to see how big of a contender they can make the Friars during their time in Rhode Island in addition to the question of how long they will stay at Providence.
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Ledo is a big-time player who can score in a plethora of ways. He is an underrated passer who can make big plays in clutch situations. Ledo is also a good shooter and slasher and has good ball-handling skills. He is able to consistently create space to get his shot off whether it’s a spin move or something else for both his perimeter shots and mid-range jumpers. The two areas he needs to focus on improving is his decision-making and consistency, particularly on defense. However, he has a lot of talent and will only continue to get better. Expect him to be an impact player at Providence from day one.
There’s a very small difference in terms of rankings between class of 2012 point guards Kevin Ferrell (#21 — Indiana), Marcus Paige (#22 — North Carolina) and Dunn. There’s very little separating the three and Dunn could be named the best of this crop of floor generals fairly easily, but obviously we went in a different direction. Dunn has great physical tools and constantly gets into the lane because of his quickness and ball-handling skills. He’s also good on defense and probably has the highest ceiling of this group of three point guards. Dunn is powerful, too, and has a respectable shot. The biggest thing he needs to work on is his decision-making with the ball.
Josh Fortune | Overall: NR | Position: Shooting Guard (NR) | 6’5 | 180
Fortune has good upside and like Ledo, has a good stroke from beyond the arc and is capable of creating his own shot. He has pretty good size and has the physical tools to become a very good defender for the Friars. However, he needs to get stronger and become more consistent with his play. Fortune has the ability to make an impact on both ends of the floor.
Ian Baker | Overall: NR | Position: Point Guard (NR) | 6’2 | 180
Baker, a former South Carolina commit, can both score and facilitate and has the ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. He’s able to run a team and play in both the open court and half court, although he needs to improve his decision-making. He can also develop a better perimeter jump shot and improve his size.