Kris Dunn, New London High School, and Ricardo Ledo, South Kent Prep, are both Providence College commits and have earned some of the highest individual honors a high school basketball player can achieve. In the last few months the elite high school players have participated in the two most prestigious high school basketball games, the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
These games are showcases for the upper-echelon of high school basketball talent on the national level. Both are broadcasted on national television and the McDonald’s game is like an all-star weekend with festivities including a slam dunk contest and three-point shootout to round it out the competitions.
Dunn is rated as the nation’s number two point guard in the 2012 class by ESPN and number one by Rivals. As a junior, Dunn averaged 25.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4.5 steals per contest. Dunn will be bringing his athleticism and explosiveness to Providence next year.
“Providence is a special place for me,” Dunn said in an interview with ESPN. “I have a great connection with the coaches but most importantly with (Cooley). He made my family and I feel at home and we were wanted.”
“I grew up in Providence and it feels like a perfect fit,” Ledo told ESPN. “I trust coach Cooley. He’s one of the reasons Providence can get back on top.”
Providence College has landed the two top Connecticut recruits and two of the top 25 recruits in the nation. This could be because of a number of things but a person can speculate that UConn’s sanctions and punishments took them out of the race and stopped them from staying home.