ATLANTA – Anthony Edwards, the number one prospect in the Top247 for the recruiting class of 2019, committed to Georgia on Monday through an exclusive interview with CBSSports HQ.
Edwards, who lives an hour and a half from the Georgia campus, chose the state school for a significant interest from Kentucky, where the official visited on January 20, the state of Florida and many others.
Edwards made an official visit to Georgia on December 1, less than two weeks after he chose to reclassify from the recruiting class from 2020 to 2019. He then made multiple unofficial visits to the school before his pledge.
"Two of my favorite players, Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo, were trained by Tom Crean and he is a great coach," Edwards told 247Sports. "They came in, they were not highly qualified, and they came out very well.
"I went to a game and I felt the fans in the gym, everyone showing love, and I felt at home," Edwards said. "My sister just had my nephew, I want to see him grow up, so [staying close to home] It was an important factor. "
Edwards' commitment gives Georgia and Tom Crean a trio of commitments, all classified in the top 100 national. Edwards joins four-star prospects Jaykwon Walton Y Camara toumani to recover what is now class N ° 12 in the classifications of the 247Sports team. Georgia currently has 10-13 in the first year of Tom Crean in Athens.
Edwards said he would provide an element of play to the Bulldogs and when asked what his goals would be for the 2019-2020 season, he said "national championship."
A dynamic product with impressive physical tools, the product of the Preparatory School of the Holy Spirit ranks second among the 247 Sports Composite Rankings and the number 1 in the country.
Edwards is the best ranked player to commit to Georgia. The largest previous recruitment of the Bulldogs was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which ranked 12th in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Edwards is averaging 26.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals during his senior season while shooting 38 percent from three. Edwards was recently selected as a McDonald & # 39; s All-American.
"I've been in Georgia since 2000, it's the best scorer I've seen in high school since Louis Williams and it could be better," said Ty Anderson, head coach of Holy Spirit High School.
247Sports analyst Brian Snow writes that Edwards is the best bodyguard prospect in years, with scoring features similar to those of NBA star James Harden.
"That is not said without taking into account the seriousness of the comparison," said Snow. "While Edwards is unlikely to reach Harden's insane level as a scorer, he could easily be in that spot, and one day he could be a top scorer in the NBA."
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