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Chosen 25 SG Anthony Edwards commits to Georgia

When news began to leak that Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta) shooting guard Anthony Edwards cancelled his official visit to Florida State this past weekend, it raised eyebrows as his decision loomed a day after he was due to return.
On Monday the world found out why when Edwards committed to Georgia over the Seminoles and Kentucky.
Edwards, who is ranked No. 2 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 in 2019, is the Bulldogs’ highest ranked recruit ever and is widely regarded as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Why?
At 6-foot-5, Edwards scores efficiently at all three levels, is virtually impossible to keep out of the lane, knocks down threes from NBA range and is an elite athlete who finishes with ferocious dunks through contact.
This season, Edwards is averaging 26.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals a game.
Edwards is the Bulldogs’ third commit from the 2019 class, joining Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Fla.) wing Toumani Camara and Carver High School (Montgomery, Ala.) wing Jaykwon Walton.
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Elite players humbled and motivated by becoming McDonald’s All Americans

<p><strong>School:</strong> Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/210<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 16<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p><p> </p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> East<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/185<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 2<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Bob Quinn/News-Press</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/230<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 18<br/><strong>College:</strong> North Carolina</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> NSU University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/275<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 3<br/><strong>College:</strong> Duke</p><p><em>Photo: Amanda Inscore/The News-Press</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta, Ga.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/205<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 5<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/231<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 25<br/><strong>College:</strong> Indiana</p><p><em>Photo: Michelle Pemberton/Indystar</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Porter-Gaud (Charleston, S.C.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/200<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 21<br/><strong>College:</strong> Tennessee</p><p><em>Photo: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/185<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 12<br/><strong>College:</strong> Florida</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Federal Way (Wash.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/185<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 6<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Cox Mill (Charlotte, N.C.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/215<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 19<br/><strong>College:</strong> Duke</p><p><em>Photo: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/245<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 4<br/><strong>College:</strong> Washington</p><p><em>Photo: Doug McSchooler/IndyStar</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Mountain Brook (Ala.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/210<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 22<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Jason Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Ranney School (Trinton Falls, N.J.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> West<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/170<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 14<br/><strong>College:</strong> Villanova</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> West<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/206<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 7<br/><strong>College:</strong> Arizona</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> John Marshall (Rochester, Minn.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/214<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 10<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Logan Newman/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> The Villages Charter (Fla.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/185<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 32<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida</p>

<p><em>Photo: Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/180<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 8<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Arizona</p>

<p><em>Photo: Darryl Webb/Arizona Republic</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> South Garland (Garland, Texas)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/190<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 11<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Kentucky</p>

<p><em>Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/210<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 15<br />
<strong>College:</strong> USC</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/235<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 20<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Villanova</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage, Pa.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/230<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 37<br />
<strong>College:</strong> West Virginia</p>

<p><em>Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Roselle (N.J.) Catholic<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-7/200<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 9<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Kentucky</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rockwall (Texas)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-7/190<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 33<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Louisville</p>

<p><em>Photo: 247Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> East (Memphis, Tenn.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 7-0/230<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 1<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Memphis</p>

<p><em>Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader</em></p>

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Cole Anthony knows that this will sound cliché and contrived, but he’s never been the type of player that assumes his standing as No. 1 overall player in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 automatically affords him certain accolades.
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“I work for everything,” Anthony said. “I don’t even want anything given to me; that’s not how I’m built.”
That’s why the Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) point guard was genuinely ecstatic on Thursday to learn that he was one of 24 players selected to play in this year’s McDonald’s All American Game, which will commence on March 27 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
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“It’s such an honor,” Anthony said. “This was a dream of mine. It makes me feel like I’m one step closer to fulfilling my ultimate dream.”
Florida led the way with six All Americans, New Jersey had three and Indiana and Texas had two apiece.
Duke, Florida, Villanova, Arizona and Kentucky had the most recruits represented on the boys’ side with two apiece.
Twenty-one of the seniors in USA TODAY Sports’ Chosen 25 were picked for the game.
Six players remain undecided, including Anthony, who will lead the East.
He’ll be joined by Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta) shooting guard Anthony Edwards, ranked No. 2 overall in the Chosen 25, La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) forward Isaiah Stewart, a Washington commit who is ranked No. 3 overall in the Chosen 25, and University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr., a Duke commit who is ranked No. 4 overall in the Chosen 25.
The West is highlighted by Memphis (Tenn.) East High School center James Wiseman, a Memphis signee who is ranked No. 5 overall in the Chosen 25, Federal Way (Wash.) High School forward Jaden McDaniels, a forward who is ranked No. 6 overall in the Chosen 25, South Garland (Texas) High School guard Tyrese Maxey, a Kentucky signee who is ranked No. 7 overall in the Chosen 25, and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) shooting guard Josh Green, an Arizona signee who is ranked No. 8 overall in the Chosen 25.
Stewart vividly recalls watching Thomas Bryant, now a forward with the Washington Wizards, play in the 2015 All American Game with his father. Shortly thereafter, Stewart created an Instagram and posted a picture of the All American Game with a caption that read “goals.”
“Now here I am,” Stewart said. “It’s surreal. I’m taking this opportunity seriously because it’s a blessing. When I get there, I want to be in the moment and take it all in. It will be fun, but it’s gonna be a dogfight in the gym. It’s not just a vacation. Time to go to work.”
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National Hoopfest: Despite reclass Anthony Edwards still not considering the G League option

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Last month when Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta) shooting guard Anthony Edwards announced that he was reclassifying from 2020 to 2019, his recruitment quite naturally went from laid back to intense overnight.
“It’s definitely picked up,” Edwards said.
College coaches are applying pressure with just four months left before the commencement of the NCAA’s Late Signing Period.
Makes sense since Edwards, who is ranked No. 2 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, is already projected to go No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
With that kind of buzz the poplar question is whether Edwards will be one of the players who opts for the G League’s new six-figure salary option.
The NBA announced recently that, beginning next year, select players would be able to earn $125,000 to play in its G League for a year before entering the NBA Draft.
Last month, prior to his reclassification, Edwards told USA Today Sports that G League route was “not for me.”
But Rod Strickland’s presence at Edwards’ game Friday night at the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest begs a revisit of that question.
Last month the NBA announced the hiring of Strickland, a 17-year NBA veteran and former college assistant, as program manager for the G League’s professional path program, which identifies elite high school players who would be NBA Draft early entry candidates if the one-and-done rule was not in place.
As it stands high school players must be one year removed from high school or be 19 to be eligible for the draft.
More than the six-figure salary, the lure of the G League’s professional path program is that, as pros, the players would be free to earn endorsement money. For example, DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick last June to the Phoenix Suns, signed a four-year, multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Puma.
“I’m still only focused on going to college,” said Edwards who posted 41 points and 14 rebounds in Holy Spirit’s 85-73 win over Archbishop Carroll at the National Hoopfest. “That’s just not for me. I’m not worried about the money, that’ll be there. I want to experience college. I’m excited about that.”
Edwards said he’ll take official visits to Duke, Florida State, Michigan State and Kansas, while Georgia, UCLA and others remain in the mix as well.
“I’m going to get the dates for my visits soon,” Edwards said. “I’m just looking for the school where I’ll develop the most. I’m not looking at who’s there, who committed there or anything like that; I just want to go where I can develop and take my game to another level.”
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Five to watch at the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest

From athletic guards to probable future NBA Lottery picks, we’ve zeroed in on the top five players you won’t want to miss at the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest this weekend at DeMatha High School (Hyattsville, Md.).
1. Anthony Edwards (2019)
Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta)
Shooting Guard
Chosen 25 rank: 2
College: Undecided
Why you can’t miss him: Edwards is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and from his superior athletic ability to his nonstop motor to his scoring ability it’s easy to understand why.

2. Josh Green (2019)
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Shooting Guard
Chosen 25 rank: 8
College: Arizona
Why you can’t miss him: Green is a super-athletic guard with the ability to fill it up from anywhere on the floor and create for his teammates.

3. Armando Bacot (2019)
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Forward
Chosen 25 rank: 12
College: North Carolina
Why you can’t miss him: Bacot is a strong and talented post player with a variety of different moves in the paint that overwhelm the opposition.

4. Precious Achiuwa (2019)
Montverde (Fla.) Academy
Forward
Chosen 25 rank: 13
College: Undecided
Why you can’t miss him: Achiuwa is a versatile forward who uses his size and length to dominate the opposition.

5. Jalen Johnson (2020)
Nicolet (Glendale, Wis.)
Forward
Chosen 25 rank: 8
College: Undecided
Why you can’t miss him: Johnson is Mr. Versatility with the ability to dominate and guard all five positions on the floor.

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Chosen 25 SG Anthony Edwards reclassifies from 2020 to 2019

Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta) shooting guard Anthony Edwards is officially a member of the 2019 class after reclassifying from 2020, according to Edwards.
That will undoubtedly impact his recruitment, to say the least.
Schools will naturally turn up their pursuit of the 6-foot-5 star now that he’s a senior.
In September, Edwards told USA Today Sports that Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Michigan State were coming at him the hardest.
In his latest USA Today blog, Edwards said that he would be “going on some visits, but I don’t know where and when just yet.”

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Edwards, who was ranked No. 3 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2020, is a unique talent who could make the case for being the top player in the country regardless of class.
That means Edwards is primed to take one of the top spots in the Chosen 25 rankings for 2019.
This past summer he was named MVP of the Under Armour Association and the prestigious SC30 Camp.
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