Five-Star Class of 2019 shooting guard Anthony Edwards is heading to the University of Georgia per his announcement Monday morning, and fans in Athens couldn’t be any more excited for the start of the 2019-2020 season.
Nowadays, we have become accustomed to major names coming out of highly publicized schools making their claims to attend the Goliathic powerhouses like Duke or Kentucky, but Edwards decided to shift the paradigm a little bit and make his decision solely off of two factors: an easy commute for the Atlanta native and new Georgia coach Tom Crean’s extensive relationship with two other NBA stars.
“Two of my favorite players, Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo, were coached by Tom Crean,” Edwards told 247Sports’ Evan Daniels after announcing his choice. “He’s a great coach with player development. When I went to a game, I felt the fans and the gym, everybody showing love, it felt like I was home.”
In his first year of coaching the Bulldogs, Crean has deep ties to Wade, whom he coached while at Marquette from 2001-2003 and instructed Victor Oladipo at Indiana from 2010-2013. Edwards, a blue chip prospect that is projected to go No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft according to NBADraft.net, is vertically gifted at the 2 guard position with pro comparisons to James Harden.
He is known to use his size and drive through the lane with a tight handle, while also being a sharpshooter from deep, shooting over smaller defenders. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound shooting guard resembles the build of a small forward and his size makes him a matchup nightmare.
Though he is joining the 39th ranked recruiting class for next year with two four-star talents in Carver High School’s Combo Guard Jaykwon Walton and Chaminade-Madonna Prep’s Small Forward Toumani Camara, the nation’s best prospect is optimistic about Georgia’s chances next year. Edwards ultimately decided to pick Georgia over Florida State and Kentucky during his commitment process and is planning to bring a National Championship to Athens, turning a new leaf for an improving program that’s had a shaky start to Crean’s coaching tenure at Georgia.