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Georgia's Edwards opts for NBA draft

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia freshman Anthony Edwards announced his plans to enter the NBA draft on Friday.

For his coach, Tom Crean, it was only a matter of when the news would come. He knew his top scorer was ready for the next level.

“It's not like there was any pros or cons to it,” Crean said, adding that Edwards' decision was “easy.”

“He's pretty much assured he's going to be very, very high in that draft, if not the highest,” Crean said.

Edwards' spot in the next NBA draft was expected even before he played his first game for the Bulldogs. Edwards, from Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta, was one of the nation's top recruits last season.

He has been regarded as one of the top draft prospects.

Edwards, a 6-foot-5 guard, led the nation's freshmen with his average of 19.1 points per game. He added 5.2 rebounds.

“His desire to improve, his desire to work was incredible,” Crean said.

“I think he's got an incredible future.”

Edwards announced his decision with a statement on his Twitter feed. “Georgia will always be my home but I am ready to take my game to the next level and have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft,” Edwards wrote. “I hope I've made you all proud but the work is far from finished.

– Associated Press

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