When five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards revealed last week that he was moving from the class of 2020 to the class of 2019, a list of five schools was attached to his recruitment: Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina.
247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels reported Tuesday night that three more schools have been added — Duke, Kansas and UCLA — and Edwards will enter the winter focused on those eight schools. Daniels also rescinded his recent Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Florida State, a sign that this recruitment might be a little more open than previously thought.
That’s certainly good news for Kentucky and the other schools on his list. Edwards — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Atlanta — entered the 247Sports rankings at No. 1 overall, bumping Memphis commitment James Wiseman to the No. 2 spot.
“He fits the mold of that new age guard that can do it all. He brings a lot to the table,” Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “We think he’s in the mold of a James Harden-type player, because he is so effective when he has the ball in his hands. Whether it’s coming off a ball screen or even just breaking down defenders in one-on-one situations — he’s creative in those situations. And he can create space. He can create shot opportunities for others. He’s also a strong, physical guard that can score at the rim, from mid-range, or from deep. His scoring package is pretty impressive.”
Since the reclassification announcement, Rivals.com has inserted Edwards at No. 3 overall in its 2019 rankings. ESPN now ranks him as the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2019 class. He’s currently listed as the No. 4 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings.