Guard Anthony Edwards opts to stay at home, commits to Georgia

Georgia Anthony Edwards

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Five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2019 247Sports composite rankings, committed to the University of Georgia Monday morning.

Despite major pushes from Florida State, Kansas and Kentucky (among others), it's been widely reported in recent weeks that Georgia was the team to beat. He says one factor was Georgia's Tom Crean coached his two favorite players, Dwyane Wade at Marquette and Victor Oladipo at Indiana.

Kentucky now has the ninth-ranked 2019 recruiting class in the 247Sports rankings. "On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy". On top of this, the 6'5 Georgia commit is ranked No. 1 in the state. The 52-year-old took charge of Georgia in March last year but has previously coached National Basketball Association stars such as Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo.

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He is also the first top-ranked Georgia prospect to opt to attend college in his home state since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did so in 2011.

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. "They came in not highly rated and they came out, Dwyane Wade a really good player has had a really good career so it weighed big on me". "When I went to a game, I felt the fans and the gym, everybody showing love, it felt like I was home". That, and the fact that Edwards is averaging almost 30 points and nine rebounds per game at Holy Ghost.

Edwards was a McDonald's All-American selection this year.

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