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.