1. Anthony Edwards, Shooting Guard
Another commonly mentioned name at the top of draft boards this year, and in terms of who could actually translate into a star in the NBA, is former five-star recruit and Georgia Bulldogs shooting guard Anthony Edwards. Once Edwards reclassified from the 2020 to the 2019 recruiting cycle, he then challenged Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman as the top ranked high school prospect in the nation.
However, the 6-foot-5 and 225 pound Atlanta, GA, native and Holy Spirit Prep School product had a very solid true freshman campaign in Athens, under former Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean. For his efforts during his first-year playing college hoops, Edwards would gain All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Team honors, and he would be named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
To gain those honors, Edwards played in 32 games while averaging 19.1 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks, while shooting 40.2 percent from the field and just under 30 percent from beyond the arc. He’s got insanely gifted physical tools, and is an underrated distributor of the ball. Two-way ability should come naturally over time with Edwards’ game.
There are flaws to Edwards’ game, but even in a deeper NBA Draft class, he would be a sure-fire top 10 pick, if not going in the top five. His shooting efficiency needs to dramatically improve, and there just needs to be more consistency with his percentages and shot selection. His defensive ability does have a ways to go, but his agility and bounce in his game make him a potential star on that end of the floor at the next level.