Suddenly, in the midst of a forgettable season in Tom Crean’s first year, there is genuine hope for future success for Georgia Basketball in two ways: the scoreboard and recruting. Earlier this morning, Anthony Edwards - the nations #1 uncommited prospect - decided to make Athens his next stop as he undoubtedly rockets towards a future NBA career and the college basketball world is abuzz (or, at least, it should be). Kentucky didn’t get him. We did.
Edwards is the highest rated Georgia recruit in the modern ranking era, and is listed as the #1 overall prospect by 247Sports, surpassing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who was rated at #12 upon his commitment to Mark Fox back in 2011. With this announcement, Georgia is knocking on the door of a top-10 class, jumping 27 spots in the 247Sports composite to #12 overall with more cards on the table.
What is Georgia getting with Anthony Edwards (can we call him “Goose” yet)? An incredibly athletic, physically gifted true point-guard with the ability to shoot from distance, navigate through traffic and finish at the rim or create opportunity for his surrounding cast. He is exactly what we do not have on the roster at present, and he is a game changer. I just used an Oxford comma I’m so excited.
Edwards is probably a “one-and-done” type player, but he could be the first of many home-grown, blue chip Atlanta area kids who decide to stay close to home and play for the Flagship in-state school. A tipping point may have been reached as Georgia has finally cracked the Atlanta market for a potentially transcendent player at a position of vital need. More, please!
This is a really big day for Georgia basketball and for the future. The last time I felt this way was when Dominique Wilkins shocked the world and committed to Hugh Durham over the field back in ‘79. Yep, I was around then. I’m old.
Get your season tickets now, folks. Next year will resemble nothing like this season thus far.
As Always, GO DAWGS!