Georgia Bulldogs freshman Anthony Edwards is possibly the best prospect of the upcoming NBA Draft. With the Draft Lottery set for tonight, we take a look at his profile.
A five-star prospect since his sophomore year in high school, Anthony Edwards was a revelation in his freshman year. Having made the McDonald’s and Ballislife All-American teams and the Jordan Brand Classic, his future as a pro was assured. But what wasn’t was his ceiling, which has been significantly raised in his single college season.
Anthony Edwards and his credentials
Playing under Tom Crean, who was the head coach for Victor Oladipo and Dwyane Wade during their college years, has been a blessing to Edwards. The 19-year-old’s athleticism and scoring instincts have drawn comparisons to the aforementioned duo. He also possesses the athleticism to be an elite scorer at the NBA level.
Anthony Edwards averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Georgia Bulldogs last season in the SEC. He won SEC Freshman of the Year honours and made it to the All-SEC Second Team based on the strength of his performances for the program.
Potential #1 pick Anthony Edwards on possibly going to ATL:
“That’s my home, so that’d be like a dream come true if I play for the Hawks. I’m real cool with Trae Young, and Cam Reddish.”
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— ATL Sports Scoop (@atlsportsscoop) August 19, 2020
Edwards’ major weapons as an offensive player are his ability to pull up from deep in the face of defenders. At 6’5″, he’s bigger than most shooting guards in today’s NBA. The expectation from him will be that he can create his own shot from scratch in iso situations. Edwards will, however, need to grow in the playmaking department.