LAS VEGAS -- Most consider Ricky Ledo to be a player to watch for the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League team. He's seen as a unique prospect because of his size, unique shooting technique and athleticism. He also shows some versatility as he can be a solid dribble penetrator and can create opportunities for his teammates.
In the Summer League format, there's a sense of chaos in the games that could open things up for an athlete like Ledo. The Mavs' pending acquisitions of Monta Ellis and Wayne Ellington likely have him on the outside of the rotation.
The Mavs like him as a prospect but as the 43rd overall pick in the draft, Ledo still has to show that he's worthy of making the 15-man roster. Mavs Summer League Coach Monte Mathis knows that it will be a process with the 6-6 guard.
"He's going to be learning every single day. He's trying to learn the college game and then learn the NBA game as well," Mathis said. "He's a guy that we've just got to bring along, keep teaching, keep learning -- specifically defensively, off the ball, help defense. But he's a sponge right now. He's got a great demeanor and he's coachable -- he's easy to coach."
The fact he's coachable will go a long way in his attempt to succeed at the highest level.
Here is more information about second-round draft pick Ricky Ledo:
Q: When new players come into the league, the easy thing to do is to try to compare to current players. You've drawn some comparisons to Kevin Durant with your smooth release. Who would you compare yourself to?
Ledo: I see myself as being comparable to a bigger Jamal Crawford. I definitely look at his game a lot. I paid attention to the older stuff with Penny Hardaway. I look at a lot of different people's games and try to develop it into my own.
Q: It’s been well-discussed that you had to sit out during your time at Providence due to academic issues. How difficult was that experience?
Ledo: It was tough. Growing up, it was my dream to play in college and play in front of my family. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to do that. It was tough, but I learned a lot. I was still working a lot. When the team would leave for trips, I would still go to the gym and work. Honestly, the practices were like games to me.
Q: Do you feel like you have a chance to make it in the rotation as a shooting guard?
Ledo: I feel like, with a lot of hard work and playing the game the way I play, I can see myself getting into the rotation by just playing hard and showing what I can do.
Q: What is your main objective in the Summer League?
Ledo: I’m just trying to have a good year and show everyone in the Mavs organization that they didn't make a mistake in picking me.
Q: For someone seeing your game for the first time, what are they going to see when they see you out on the floor?
Ledo: I think they're going to see a playmaker and someone who wants to help the team win. I'm a competitor. I don't like to lose and I want to win. Hopefully they see a great player.