Five-star guard Anthony Edwards commits to Georgia


"The reason I picked the University of Georgia is because it's my home school", Edwards told ESPN's Paul Biancardi. He took official visits to both Georgia and Kentucky, and he went to Athens unofficially at least once since his December official visit. He was scheduled to visit Florida State over the weekend but canceled the visit and committed to Georgia instead. He says one factor was Georgia's Tom Crean coached his two favorite players, Dwyane Wade at Marquette and Victor Oladipo at Indiana.

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 chose to shift the paradigm a little bit and make his decision exclusively off of two factors: an easy commute for the Atlanta native and new Georgia coach Tom Crean's extensive relationship with two other National Basketball Association stars. In a recent 2020 mock draft from ESPN's Jonathan Givony, Edwards was the projected No. 2 pick behind uncommitted senior Jaden McDaniels. "On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy". Sure, this season isn't going too well, but help is officially on the way for head coach Tom Crean. "Everything is here and it starts not only with the beauty of this campus but the unreal quality of the education here".

This is somewhat of a surprise that the Georgia basketball program was able to land a prospect like the formerly reclassified 5-star Atlanta, GA, shooting guard Anthony Edwards over blue bloods like the North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, and Kentucky Wildcats.

He is also the first top-ranked Georgia prospect to opt to attend college in his home state since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did so in 2011. Per 247 Sports, the five-star guard, along with Jaykwon Walton and Toumani Camara gives Georgia an average of 0.9764 overall in recruiting, up from 0.9121 past year.