Five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards commits to Georgia over Kentucky

Georgia coach Tom Crean speaks during the SEC men’s NCAA college basketball media day in Birmingham Ala. More

"I want to put the state school back on the basketball map".

Edwards announced his choice of the in-state Bulldogs over Kentucky and Florida State at a ceremony at his high school, Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta. "On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy".

Since the ESPN basketball recruiting database began in 2007, Edwards is the highest-ranked player to commit to Georgia - and the first five-star prospect to choose the Bulldogs.

"I went to a game and I felt the fans in the gym, everybody showing love, and I felt like I was home", he added.

Edwards is excited to be coached by Tom Crean, who has been tied to some of the NBA's biggest stars. He is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the nation by 247 Sports, but No.2 by 247 Sports Composite. The Atlanta native also made the hour and a half trek down to Athens for an unofficial visit at least once since his December official visit.

Originally a member of the 2020 recruiting class, Anthony Edwards recently chose to join the 2019 grouping instead.

A few of the notable programs that weren't included in the finalists for Edwards were the Florida Gators, Kansas Jayhawks, Michigan State Spartans, Memphis Tigers, Texas A&M Aggies, Virginia Cavaliers, and UNC Tar Heels. In a recent 2020 mock draft from ESPN's Jonathan Givony, Edwards was the projected No. 2 pick behind uncommitted senior Jaden McDaniels.

Yet, the fact that Georgia was able to land Edwards and still didn't crack the top 10 national class rankings shows how top heavy it is now. In addition to Edwards, the Bulldogs have two four-star commitments in Jaykwon Walton and Toumani Camara.

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