5-star Edwards looking to recruit more hoops talent to UGA

DeShaun Tate
February 15, 2019 - 12:53 pm

College Basketball Insider DeShaun Tate caught up with newly signed 5-star recruit Anthony Edwards to talk about his decision to sign with the Georgia Bulldogs to play basketball and what the newar future holds.

Here's a transcript of their conversation:

Q: What ultimately made Georgia your choice over traditional powerhouse programs like North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky because you could've gone anywhere in the country but why Athens?

A: It's my home and my family. My sister also just gave birth to my nephew. I wanted him to grow up seeing me play and watch him grow up. Tom Crean is a great dude. His ability to develop players and he coached two of my favorite players of all-time in Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo.

Q: How much did Tom Crean's hire at Georgia increase your chances of going to Georgia? Has Georgia always been this high on your list? Was there a specific recruiting pitch that he provided that other coaches didn't?

A: No, Georgia wasn't always on my list. When Georgia hired him, they instantly became a factor and I started to consider them more and more.


Q: We've recently seen more traditional football powerhouse programs land elite level basketball prospects (Trae Young - Oklahoma, Collin Sexton - Alabama), did making Georgia a relevant two-sport institution play any part in your decision considering their football success?

A: No, I didn't give that any thought. I chose Georgia because it’s close to home.

Q: The elephant in the room has been how the state of Georgia has struggled to keep elite talent close to home. How big of a deal was it for you personally for you to change that and stay in-state?

A: It was a big deal because I know a lot of family and friends wanted to see me play and I didn't want to be like everyone else and go to those schools, get coached by those coaches where I'd just be another player... I want to be somebody that a school will remember so I chose Georgia.

Q: I had an opportunity to speak briefly with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, UGA's last highly touted recruit and NBA draft pick who spoke very highly on your behalf in terms of your style of play and looking forward to seeing you in red & black, who else has reached out to say congratulations?

A: Dwyane Wade, Victor Oladipo, John Wall, Dennis Smith Jr... a lot of different players.

Q: The McDonald's All-American game is coming up really soon on Wednesday March 27, 2019, how do you describe the excitement to be participating in that game but also to be held in your own backyard?

A: I'm very excited because for me it's a dream come true. I wrote on my wall in 9th grade that I wanted to become a McDonald's All-American so when I saw my name on the screen, I was like a sigh of relief for me. I was happy and for it to be in my city was amazing.

Q: Are there any uncommitted players remaining in class of 2019 that you're close with that you're trying to reel in to Georgia with you?

A: Yes, there's a few players... most notably, Precious Achiuwa.

Q: Tom Crean has a reputation of landing talented players with your similar stature at 6'4... are there any guys that you pattern your game after on the NBA level or that you're compared to?

A: Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo.

Q: What areas of your game do you feel you need to improve on and what things do you feel like you do well?

A: I need to improve on my conditioning and play defense at all times whenever I'm on the floor. Areas I've excelled at is scoring the ball and getting my teammates involved.