Five-star guard Anthony Edwards of Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta made official Tuesday what many within the basketball community expected when he reclassified to the 2019 class.
Edwards’ presence in the 2019 class is already having a reverberating impact on the various national player rankings. 247 Sports has already moved Edwards above Memphis-commit James Wiseman of Memphis East for the top spot in the class, while Rivals.com will place Edwards at No. 3.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound guard is one of the most electric scorers in high school basketball regardless of class and made the move up to the senior class with plenty of time to be considered for the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game in his hometown of Atlanta, as well the other major high school basketball awards, including the Naismith Player of the Year.
Edwards’ move will also have a major impact on the recruiting front. He has interest from just about every blue blood school in the country, but had yet to set up any official visit plans. Edwards told 247 Sports that he hasn’t set any official visit dates, but knows “for sure” that he will be seeing Florida State and Michigan State. Other schools that could be in line for a visit are Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Holy Spirt Prep, which was ranked No. 35 in the preseason Ballislife Fab 50, lost their first two games of the season, including a 75-72 decision to No. 16 Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern led by Brandon Boston and Sharife Cooper, despite Edwards’ 31-point, 10-rebound, five assist effort.
Edwards currently sits at No. 4 in the Mr. Basketball USA Tracker behind top-vote getter Cole Anthony, Rancho Christian (Calif.) junior Evan Mobley and University (Fl.) senior Vernon Carey. All those four Mr. Basketball USA candidates are undecided for college.