If you've been paying close attention to the NBA Draft hype, you should know that there seem to be a number of candidates in consideration for the number one overall pick this upcoming June. Memphis Freshman James Wiseman seems to be a serious choice, as does the much-discussed LaMelo Ball, but allow us to reintroduce you to another "title-fight" contender.
Say hello to Georgia freshman Anthony Edwards. A physical specimen of a shooting guard with fluidity and explosiveness and a mouth-watering amount of untapped potential to his game. Edwards is a monster. He's listed at 6'5" 225, but it's important to remember that Edwards also reclassified so he won't turn 19 until August. It's been reported too that Edwards has a 6'9" wingspan. As you can see below, Edwards' production for the Bulldogs is trending upwards in a hurry.
- You'll always see various reports that like to vary on an inch or so, but let's call Edwards an official 6'5" just for fun and let's just continue to dream he's going to be a bull in a china shop on the wing. Edwards is developing his strength along with his body. He's got a great frame to fill out, and you come away intrigued by the physical profile.
VS #3 MICHIGAN STATE 11.15.19
- We might as well warn you right now folks, buckle up buckaroos...there's a lot to look at in this game. First of all, this is a nice display of footwork and range from Anthony Edwards. The Freshman was on a terror in the second half of this one, in case you've been without television and the internet for the last several weeks.
- At this point in the game, this was a play in which you grabbed your phone and told your basketball buddies "so um, you might want to turn on the Georgia/Michigan State game immediately." Edwards hit NBA Jam mode in a hurry and there was nothing the Spartans could do to slow him down. Love the ability by Edwards here to be able to work in order to create enough of a window of separation in order to get a shot up here.
- The best part of this clip is Edwards calling off screens in a "just get away I'm scoring from another state at this point." The Freshman was showing an impressive amount of composure for this game and took it over in a hurry. Although Georgia's insane comeback would fall short, it was ridiculous that Edwards got his team back into this one. Edwards has shown some impressive shooting range for a player with his frame, and if he can continue to produce from deep on a nightly basis...NBA teams are going to be fighting for his services.
- Want to know if a player truly is "on fire" during a game? If he takes a fadeaway jumper without dribbling and early in the shot clock, odds are the rim looks 10 feet wide at this point. In all seriousness, a great move here by Edwards and just shows to the continued arsenal he possesses in his offensive game.
DEFENSE & ATHLETICISM
- I was watching this game live and all of a sudden noticed a freight train running across the screen for a block before yelling profanities out loud. I mean Edwards was just insanely in the zone at this point in the game. He flying all over the floor and making play after play. The big takeaway from this play is Edwards showcasing his explosiveness and reminding yourself that he's 6'5" 225 pounds.
- Edwards made a couple of passes during this game in which you realize that this guy is going to be a serious contender for the number one overall selection. This is just an artist going to work and every replay you watch, it just gets better and better.
- I was impressed with the outside shooting demonstration that Edwards put on during this game, but specifically his ability to gain separation off the dribble. This is a ridiculous shot. Seriously, most of us will try to go to an open gym and try this and airball by three feet. Don't deny it.
VS CHA 11.27.19
SHOOTING ON THE MOVE
- Great look here at Anthony Edwards on the move. Notice how surprisingly smooth he is. Great job of setting up the defender with the look that he's going to curl the off-ball screen before popping out for an open catch and shoot.
- We get a good idea of the type of monster that Anthony Edwards can be when he's got a full head of steam with this clip here. Now there's plenty of examples in which Edwards can get a bit out of control on fastbreaks. But, it's important to remember he's still only 18 and won't turn 19 until August 2020, so the growing pains are going to come.
NBA RANGE PART II
- A nice clip here in which we get a good look at Anthony's shooting form. There's no doubt that Edwards has the shooting range to be a threat at the next level in the NBA. Now can he maintain his numbers from deep for an entire collegiate season?
THE TAKEOVER PART II
- Go get it, young fella. The thing to take note of with Edwards is he doesn't need a lot of separation to get his shot off. You can point it at his high release, but some players thrive on making tough shots. This is a great example of that. Tie ball game, Edwards with an isolation opportunity to win this one, and the defender is all over him. It doesn't matter. Splash.
Things can always change throughout the College Basketball and Draft season. Players get hot/cold, injuries occur, etc. As of now, Edwards looks to be one of the contenders for the number one overall selection in June. With his offensive potential and combination of size, strength, and the fact that Anthony is still only 18 years old, the sky is the actual limit for this kid. The Maui Invitational was the official coming out part for Anthony Edwards, now let's see what he can do with the spotlight on him for the rest of the year.