ATHENS Georgia basketball freshman Anthony Edwards declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on Friday, a decision most everyone had anticipated in light of his high projections.
Edwards is a projected lottery pick, with some mock drafts having him going No. 1 overall to the Golden State Warriors.
"Edwards remains the top prospect in this class largely by default," per Sporting News NBA draft analyst Chris Stone.
"He hasn't quite done enough to deserve a demotion, and no other talent has performed well enough to jump him."
Edwards was the top scoring freshman in the nation, averaging 19.1 points per game. The Atlanta Holy Spirit Prep School product also led the team in steals, tied for the team lead in blocked shots , and he was second on the team in assists and rebounds.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Edwards was sensational at times this season, scoring 33 points in the final 16 minutes of a 93-85 loss to Michigan State.
No doubt, Edwards star power was key to Georgia setting a single-season home attendance record and selling out seven of the Bulldogs' home dates.
"It's the reason why he got all the hype, it's the reason why he got a name like that," said Spartan's captain Cassius Winston. "You let a player like that get going it's very difficult to slow him down."
Edwards more recently closed out an Arkansas team that was fighting to stay on the bubble with nine points in the final 67 seconds.
"He's got an NBAbody right now," said Eric Musselman, who spent 16 years of his career coaching in the NBA, including five as a head coach with Golden State and Sacramento.
"He can dribble drive in traffic at the next level, take contact, finish through contact," he said. "You watch a guy on film and he's really good, and then you watch him live, just his explosiveness.He's got NBA athleticism and NBA strength."
SEC teams ultimately aimed their game plans at stopping Edwards, however, and that was reflected in his final performance when he made just 2-of-13 shots.
The difference was, Edwards had learned by the end of the season not to allow a poor shooting night to affect other areas of his game.
"Anthony did a lot in the game that impacted the game and the win," Coach Tom Crean said after Georgia beat Ole Miss 81-63 in the opening game of the SEC tournament on March 11 in Nashville. "The offensive misses, they are just part of the game, but there were so many other positives, we don't win the game without him."
Edwards wouldn't rule out returning in the days leading up to the game, emphasizing his focus on the upcoming postseason and his commitment to his teammates.
"I know you see the projections and what everyone says, but me personally I don't know what I'm doing yet," Edwards said. "I'm still an 18-year-old kid, I haven't thought about anything like that."
Edwards is on the verge of a salary worth tens of millions of dollars, based on the deal Zion Williamson received from the New Orleans Pelicans as last year's top pick.
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