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Providence’s Ricky Ledo declares for NBA Draft

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Providence’s Ricardo Ledo is headed to the NBA Draft, forgoing all four years of eligibility he’d have with the Friars.

Ledo, a Providence native, announced he was headed to the draft through the school’s athletic website.

The 6-7, 195-pounder swingman was forced to sit out this season as a freshman due to issues with his eligibility, but would’ve had his full eligibility restored going forward. Instead, coach Ed Cooley’s biggest recruit in his tenure with the Friars leaves without playing a game.

“I want to thank Providence College for the opportunity to be a Friar,” Ledo said in a statement. “As much as I wanted to play for the Friars and help the team win a BIG EAST championship, I felt I could not pass up this opportunity to enter the NBA Draft now. I had a great experience this season and will always remember the great atmosphere for our games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. I appreciate all the support from the College, the fans, my teammates and the coaching staff, especially Coach Cooley. I love my teammates and I will always be a Friar.”

Ledo was ranked in the Top 25 overall in the Class of 2012, according to various scouting services. He was billed as a scorer, averaging over 20 points per game at South Kent (Conn.) Prep during the 2011-12 season. He was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game after the season.

There had been questions about his ability to play within a team, but there were no reported issues with Ledo during his one year at Providence.

Various NBA Draft sites have him from a fringe first-rounder to undrafted, but you’d think with a player with his skill set, Ledo’s pre-draft workouts are going to set the tone for where he goes, since he hasn’t been in a competitive game for an entire season.

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No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.