"I want to put the state school back on the basketball map".
The nation's top-ranked shooting guard out of Atlanta, Edwards chose the in-state Bulldogs over SEC rival Kentucky and Florida State of the ACC. "On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy".
Anthony Edwards, a five-star recruit considered a consensus top-five member of the 2019 class, made a decision to stay home and play for the Bulldogs on an announcement on Monday, spurning the likes of Kentucky in the process. He says his decision was influenced by "everybody showing love" on his unofficial visit at a Georgia game.More news: Hackers utterly bork VFMail's USA service for no clear reason
Edwards' commitment led to Georgia's recruiting class jumping from No. 39 to No. 12. He took official visits to both Georgia and Kentucky, and he went to Athens unofficially at least once since his December official visit.
Crean, in his first season coaching the Bulldogs, coached Wade at Marquette and Oladipo at Indiana.
Edwards, a McDonald's All-American and the No. 1 overall player according to 247Sports, is obviously the biggest prize of the 2019 recruiting class, but Crean has also landed two more top-100 wings in Carver (AL) small forward Jaykwon Walton and Chaminade-Madonna Prep small forward Toumani Camara. In a recent ESPN mock draft for 2020, Edwards is selected No. 2 behind Jaden McDaniels.More news: Rapid Decline of Insects Potentially Threaten the "Collapse of Nature"
Playing for the Atlanta Xpress grassroots program on the Under Armour Association circuit, Edwards averaged 20.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 47.4 percent from 3-point range.
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.More news: United given a 'reality check', admits Solskjaer