Holy Spirit Prep boys’ basketball player Anthony Edwards made it official Feb. 11 when the highly rated prospect verbally committed to the University of Georgia on a nationally televised announcement, marking a watershed moment for both programs.
He chose the Bulldogs over Florida State and Kentucky, and is expected to sign a national letter of intent with Georgia in April.
“Its home,” Edwards said of his commitment. “My family is here. The recruiting process was fun, but once I met with coach Tom Crean and saw his energy, I (decided I) want to put Georgia back on the map.”
Edwards has had a strong presence within Holy Spirit’s program since entering the school two years ago after previously attending Therrell. He helped the Cougars win the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) Class AAA state championship and earned individual all-state honors.
“The school has brought me in and showed me love, so I’m thankful for that,” Edwards said. “It was a better opportunity for me and things have been pretty good here.”
This season, the Cougars are back in championship contention thanks to Edwards, who has averaged more than 25 points, nine rebounds and two assists per contest. Holy Spirit visited Bulloch in the state semifinals Feb. 22, with results not available at press time.
“It’s always exciting to go against our rivals so we’ll see how it goes,” Edwards said. “We’ve come out every game and played with heart.”
Edwards, the brother of Antoine Edwards, lists math as his favorite class subject. Current NBA players Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and James Harden of the Houston Rockets as his athletes of inspiration.
Edwards also spends his time as an instructor at various youth camps. “I wanted to give back to the kids and the community to make them happy,” he said.
Of Edwards’ tenure at Holy Spirit, athletic director Kevin Evans said, “It’s been wonderful and we’re happy for Anthony. He’s one of the most unselfish kids at that level that I’ve ever seen. We like to label guys as top-rated superstars but for him to have those types of accolades and be one of the most humble kids I’ve ever seen. He’s also a dynamic scorer who can score on all levels and that’s what made him attractive to many colleges.”
Edwards will also participate in the McDonald’s All-American Game held at State Farm Arena in Atlanta March 27.