"I don't think there's any question he's their best player," Rogers said. "He can shoot it, he can dribble it, he can take you off the drive. They do a good job of setting screens for him. That's why every time he comes off a screen, you've got to have help."
Eddy played some as a freshman and was a part-time starter on GW's 2010-11 championship squad, averaging in the low double figures. With a lot of offseason work, Eddy runs the offense full-time and averaged 16 points before Friday.
"He's always been like a gym rat," Greene said. "He's grown up in our camps and he's played AAU. Got a great basketball family - his grandfather was the leading scorer until last year in Parkersburg High School history. His dad, Brian, himself was a very good player."
I know the bloodlines, for I know father, grandfather and even an uncle. I met Brian, now principal at Sissonville Middle School, 291/2 years ago at my first fraternity rush party. Brian's younger brother Danny became a three-year football letterman at Virginia Tech.
The best intramural basketball strategy at ol' Alpha Tau Omega was simple: Give Brian the ball and let him figure it out. If he passed it to you, you're open and you'd better shoot. More often, he'd shoot it and you'd crash the boards.
It's not quite like that at GW, because the supporting cast is a lot better. But I must confess: I was stuck in a middle-age time warp Friday watching Luke Eddy wrench a Class AAA semifinal away from a Martinsburg team Greene admitted was faster and taller.
"He just loves basketball, and he has a fierce competitive nature, he just really wants to win," Greene said. "And he's grown as a leader, and he's really grown as a point guard. He understands the tempo we need to play at; he had the tempo we needed in all the big games.
"And he controls what we do, and everybody else feeds off of it."
Something like this could happen tonight or next season, or a few years down the road. As Greene tells it, Luke could get one-upped at the Civic Center one March night.
"His younger brother, Gus, might be the best in the family," Greene said.
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