Guy Landry Edi Signs Men's Basketball Letter-Of-Intent
April 29, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - Guy Landry Edi, a 6-5, 210-pound forward out of Midland, Texas, College has signed a national letter-of-intent to join the men's basketball team this fall, Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few announced Friday.
Edi was born in Agboville, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire - commonly known in English as the Ivory Coast - and helped lead the Chaparrals to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I national championship this past season, beating the College of Southern Idaho 72-64 in the title game. Midland began the season ranked No. 1 in the polls.
"Guy brings a lot of winning qualities to the table," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "His ability to play hard and compete is going to allow him to be a successful player at Gonzaga."
Edi averaged 16.3 ppg and 7.0 rpg in the national tournament. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the title game, had 14 points and 7 rebounds in a 79-68 semifinal win over Southeastern Community College, scored 18 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in an 86-76 quarterfinal victory over Wabash Valley College and opened the tournament with 18 points and 2 rebounds in a 75-71 win over Chattanooga State while playing just 22 minutes before fouling out.
For the tournament he went 15-for-24 from the field for 62.5 percent, 4-for-10 from 3-point range and 23-for-30 from the free throw line for 76.7 percent.
During the regular season he averaged 9.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg and shot 40 percent from 3-point range in leading the Chaps to a 33-4 overall record. As a freshman he averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc as Midland finished 30-3 overall after falling in the title game of the Region V tournament.
Edi played for the Ivory Coast in the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, the team going 1-4 in Group C and just missing a chance to advance out of group play. He scored a tournament-high 14 points against Russia and 10 against Puerto Rico for his only other double-digit game. He scored 9 points in each of the other three games. He averaged 10.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg in the tourney.
Edi, who grew up in Paris, France, had played for the 16-and-under French national team. But the Ivory Coast national team called Edi to ask if he would like to play for his native country in the FIBA World Championship. Because his grandfather was from the Ivory Coast, he was able to declare his intentions with FIBA officials to play for the Ivory Coast. French is the national language of the Ivory Coast, which was a former French colony from 1893 until gaining its independence in 1960.
He played high school basketball at both Sylmar High and Van Nuys High in southern California and still has family in the Los Angeles area.
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