Potential No.1 Pick Anthony Edwards Drops 37 in Loss to MSU

Potential No.1 Pick Anthony Edwards Drops 37 in Loss to MSU
Mon 11th November 2019

The Georgia Bulldogs fell 93-85 to the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn’t the result that enthralled onlookers; it was the level of play from true freshman guard Anthony Edwards.

The Bulldogs trailed by 28-points with 16 minutes remaining in the second half until Edwards caught fire. By the end of a wild game – in which Georgia cut MSU’s lead to as little as four points with under four minutes to play before finally succumbing in the final minutes – he’d dropped 37 points on 11-26 shooting from the floor (7-16 from three) and poured in 33 points in the second half alone in a scintillating performance.

The Atlanta native also chipped in six rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks in the type of well-rounded offensive and defensive outing that will have draft analysts salivating.

In five games prior to this explosion he’d been averaging 16.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists with a career high of 29 points in Georgia’s win two weeks ago against No.12 Citadel.

Edwards was labelled a five-star recruit out of Holy Spirit Preparatory School and second nationally out of all 2019 prospects, with some well-respected analysts comparing him to volume NBA scorers like James Harden. 

A performance like this has certainly made the NBA world stand up and take notice, with even stars like Donovan Mitchell suitably impressed.

While Edwards is currently in a logjam – along with blue-chip prospects like LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman and Cole Anthony – for potential No.1 NBA draft pick status, more performances like this one today are going to make him very hard to ignore.

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