About Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards is an explosive offensive player who showed the ability to light up the scoreboard with his combination of strength, athleticism, and shooting ability during his freshman season at Georgia. An early bloomer who was widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the high school class of 2020 through his mid-teens, Edwards opted to reclassify to the class of 2019 ahead of what would have been his junior year at Holy Spirit Preparatory School (GA). Capping his prep career with McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American honors, Edwards was considered the top guard prospect in the country when he committed to play for Tom Crean’s Georgia Bulldogs.
The Atlanta native delivered on those lofty expectations finishing third in the SEC in scoring averaging 19.1 points per game, taking home All-Conference 2nd Team and Freshman of the Year accolades, and putting together some of the season’s most memorable individual scoring performances.
Chris Dortch feature: Edwards armed with NBA athleticism, NBA strength
- Possessing an impressive combination of length and strength, Edwards is a gifted athlete with the explosiveness to completement his 6-foot-3, 225-pound frame and 6-foot-10 wingspan. A powerful leaper who can go up and catch lobs and finish emphatically in space, he matches his explosiveness with a promising shiftiness to his game.
- Playing both on and off the ball in a fast-paced system that granted him the freedom to use his physical gifts to his advantage as a shot creator, Edwards excelled in the open court in his sole collegiate season. In his best moments, he also ran extremely hot drilling tough jump shots from NBA range out of one-on-one situations. He had some ups and downs in terms of consistency but was nothing short of dynamic at times looking for his own shot and flashed some talent as a passer as well.
- Among the youngest major prospects eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft, Edwards is still maturing on the defensive end, but has all the tools to hold his own and flashed his potential in spurts as a freshman in the SEC.
- Showing the speed and instincts to use his length to be a factor in the passing lanes, Edwards has the tools to be a good defender but is still learning how to make the most of them consistently both on and off the ball.
- Finishing some plays by using his explosiveness to pursue rebounds out of his area, Edwards held his own for stretches, but could go a long way towards establishing himself in the NBA if he can cut down on the correctable mistakes that hampered him at times last year.
- Finalist for the 2019-20 Jerry West Award, recognizing the nation’s top shooting guard.
- Top-20 candidate for the Wooden Award, honoring the National Player of the Year.
- Voted 2019-20 SEC Freshman of the Year by league’s coaches (first Georgia player to win the honor since it began in 2001) and SEC Newcomer of the Year by the Associated Press.
- 2019-20 All-SEC Second Team selection.
- 2018-19 All-America First Team selection by USA Today and McDonald’s as a high school senior.
- The nation’s freshman scoring leader (19.1 ppg).
- Led Georgia in scoring and steals (1.34 spg) and ranked second in rebounds (5.2 rpg) and assists (2.8 apg).
- Finished third in the SEC in scoring and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.3).
- Scored 33 of his career-high 37 points in the second half against No. 3 Michigan State (Nov. 26).
- Recorded 36 points vs. South Carolina (Feb. 26) and 32 points at Florida (Feb. 5).
- Powerful guard with elite length and explosiveness.
- Tough to contain in the open floor.
- Three-level scorer who can play on or off the ball.
- Has the physical tools to be a lockdown defender.
- Nickname is “Ant Man.”
- His mother, Yvette, and grandmother Shirley both passed away from ovarian cancer during an eight-month period in 2015-16.
- Wears No. 5 in honor of his mother and grandmother, who both passed away on the fifth of the month.
- His older brother, Antoine, and older sister, Antoinette, share legal custody of Edwards.
“He’s got an NBA body right now. He can dribble drive in traffic at the NBA level, take contact, finish through contact. You watch a guy on film and he’s really good, and then you watch him live, just the explosiveness. He’s got NBA athleticism and NBA strength.”
- Arkansas coach Eric Musselman