Things will move fast for the new No. 1 player in the class of 2019, Anthony Edwards. The five-star shooting guard from Atlanta reclassified from the class of 2020 to 2019 and bumped James Wiseman to become the top player in high school basketball according to 247 Sports.
At 6-foot-5, 215-pounds Edwards can do it all. Highlights will show him as a powerful backcourt player that plays the 1, 2 or 3 position with ease and he’s even has helped man the frontcourt in AAU and high school. He truly can do it all. Known for his offense, Edwards may actually be a more elite defender.
His versatility makes him a must have for the schools he’s considering, which includes Kentucky along with FSU, UGA, Michigan State and North Carolina.
Edwards has five official visits he can take over the next several months and expect him to take his time to make a final decision. He has unofficially visited Florida State, Auburn and Clemson, but a source close to UK told KSR that the Cats will make Edwards a priority now that he’s officially jumped to 2019.
However, an AAU source said that a school will have to “wow” Edwards to keep him away from Florida State. The Seminoles hold all the picks in Edwards’ Crystal Ball and I’m told that FSU was the school that first suggested/orchestrated the reclassification.
But as UK fans have found out the hard way as of late, things can change in recruiting. Folks close to Kentucky expect to get him on campus for a visit and if that happens who knows where things will stand.
If the Cats were to make up ground and secure a commitment from Edwards it would be an interesting cast of players for 2019-2020. Kentucky would seemingly have as much talent as any other team in the country, but it would be wing and backcourt heavy. In a way too early hypothetical, I’d expect Edwards to play the three and Kahlil Whitney to play the four. Maxey would be one of the two guards and the other guard would depend on who returns from the current roster. UK’s five man is TBA.
I know it’s unconventional but assuming UK brought in a Matthew Hurt, or returned Nick Richards or E.J Montgomery, I don’t care who the other starting guard is that would be a tough team to beat. As of today I don’t think Edwards ends up at UK as all signs currently point to FSU, but Calipari is motivated to land a big fish in 2019 so don’t count out the Cats.
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