Homegrown Edwards is UGA's 1st 5-star recruit

Tanya Simon
February 13, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) - Anthony Edwards, a shooting guard from Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta rated as the nation's No. 2 prospect, says he will sign with Georgia.

The shooting guard visited both Georgia and Kentucky but never accepted an invitation to visit Kansas and North Carolina.

Edwards, who ranks as the number one shooting guard in ESPN 100 for the class of 2019, become the Bulldogs' highest ranked recruit in history. According to 247Sports, the Bulldogs now have the 12th best-recruiting class for this upcoming season. "On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy".

Crean and Georgia also have Class of 2019 commitments from wings Jaykwon Walton of Carver (Montgomery, Ala.) and Toumani Camara of Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.).

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He noted Georgia coach Tom Crean's relationship with two National Basketball Association stars as a factor in his decision.

Edwards ultimately made a decision 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.

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 IN from 2010-2013. He says his decision was influenced by "everybody showing love" on his unofficial visit at a Georgia game.

Edwards lives approximately 90 minutes away from Georgia's campus and he admitted the opportunity of remaining close to his family while at college was very important to him. As a senior at Holy Spirit, Edwards has been averaging 26.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.

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