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Gonzaga Basketball

Zags add JC transfer

Thu., April 28, 2011, 9:50 a.m.

Gonzaga has another addition to its guard-heavy 2011 men’s basketball class.

Midland (Texas) College wing Guy Landry, who verbally committed to the Bulldogs during his visit last weekend, signed his letter of intent Thursday, Chaparrals coach Ross Hodge said.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Landry averaged 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds for Midland, which lost to College of Southern Idaho in the NJCAA championship game. Landry averaged 16.3 points and seven rebounds at the national tournament. As a freshman, Landry averaged 9.6 points and nearly 4 rebounds.

“He’s tough, he’s physical and he’s capable of defending and rebounding at a high level,” Hodge said. “His motor runs pretty consistently. He can shoot the ball well, 40-percent plus from 3-point range. He’s a guy that just helps you win games.”

Landry joins five GU-bound players: guards Gary Bell Jr., Kevin Pangos, Kyle Dranginis and Chris Sarbaugh, and forward Ryan Spangler. Gonzaga has several options to replace the graduated Steven Gray and sophomore Manny Arop, who decided to transfer.

Landry, who is from Paris, France, played for Ivory Coast at the FIBA World Championships last summer. During Landry’s freshman year, Midland defeated current Zag Marquise Carter’s Three Rivers squad at a tournament in Las Vegas. Landry scored 11 points and Carter 17 in Midland’s 74-65 win.

Hodge anticipates eight Midland players will sign with Division I programs.

“Our guys bought in that they would have to sacrifice individual stats for the good of the team,” Hodge said. “Guy really enjoyed his visit to Gonzaga and spending time with the players. They’re high-character guys and I think he fits right in.”

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