Multiple roles for St. Joe's guard

PHILADELPHIA - November 18, 2008 - But, there's on player in particular who can keep anyone entertained on such a long trip.

When asked, St. Joe's basketball coach Phil Martelli let out a little secret about senior guard Edwin Lashley.

"There's a side of Edwin that doesn't come out. He is a master impressionist," Martelli said. "He supposedly does everybody's voice. Everybody but mine."

Well, not exactly.

"Coach always says 'We want to embrace the plan, we attack the plan, trust the plan, and know the plan," said Lashley, imitating his coach. "Let's get it in, fellas."

But that's not all about Edwin that'll leave a lasting impression. The 6'4" swingman's a role player for the Hawks.

Off the court, he plays another role entirely.

Lashley plays Prince Escalus in the school production of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

"It was fun. It's like, you're in a zone. You don't think anybody's out there, you just feel the character," Edwin said.

Edwin will graduate this year with a degree in fine arts, and while he doesn't want his time on the court to end, he sees his future in the theater.

"The perfect future for me would be to play basketball a little more, for a couple more years, then go into acting," Edwin said. "I really enjoy basketball, but if that doesn't work out, I'm okay with going into acting first."

Either way he seems set for success. After all, as Shakespeare himself once wrote, "All the world's a stage... "

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