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The Curious Case of Guy Landry Edi

It's almost bewildering to try to fathom what has happened to Guy Landry Edi's game. Before the season began, there was so much expectation, hope and belief that GLE was primed for a spectacular year, that his skill level, athleticism and abilities would be a major factor in a Gonzaga run for national prominence. At that time, of course, no one knew the incredible presence that KO would make, the emergence of Barham, the growth of Mike Hart and even that of KD. Guy Landry Edi brought so much energy to the court, his leaping abiliy seemed like a shot in the arm, and of course, his monster dunks were the stuff of highlight reels. Yet we were all waiting for him to really assert himself, to emerge as a dominant factor and key component in the Zags' offense, or even its defense. And although he started the majority of games early on this season, nothing seem to really work with him in the rotation. He turned the ball over time and time again, horrible turnovers, took ill-advised shots, sometimes shooting a 3-ball moments after he crossed the center line. Everyone seemed to feel soon he would smooth out the rough edges, the next time he would get it together. But he never did, and it soon became obvious that his presence in the starting lineup, or even as a backup for quality minutes, was more of a liability than an asset. Hart was more reliable, solidly consistent, a major contributor who understood his role and excelled in it, possessed an exceedingly high IQ for the game, and his presence on the court is part of the reason for the Zags' success. I'm not sure what exactly happened to GLE's game, but it has all but disappeared. Maybe he never really had a game--perhaps his athleticism and leaping abilities were what defined him. Even last night against Santa Clara when he played 6 minutes of basically garbage time, he missed all four shots he took--two of which weren't even close, was stripped at half court in a glaring turnover that resulted in a Santa Clara layup, and scored 1 point on 1-2 shooting from the line. Like Marquise Carter from last year, GLE seems to have basically disappeared from a starting role that he unfortnately was never able to fill. As far as being in Coach Few's "doghouse," as many posts seem to suggest, I don't know if the doghouse is the correct term. To be blunt, GLE was not a consistent performer and when that occurs, you take your place on the bench.

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