ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia freshman Anthony Edwards picked up two preseason recognitions on Tuesday. The Atlanta native was tabbed first-team All-SEC in balloting of media and was among 20 players included on the preseason watch list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
A five-star recruit and one of the nation’s premier prospects, Edwards was rated as the nation’s No. 1 prospect by 247Sports.com, as well as No. 2 in the 247Sports.com composite, No. 3 by rivals.com and No. 4 by ESPN.com.
A consensus first-team prep All-American last season, Edwards started and scored 12 points (while connecting on 5-of-8 shots from the floor) in the 2019 McDonald’s All-America Game at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, and he poured in 21 points (hitting 9-of-15 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs) in just 18 minutes of action in the 2019 Jordan Brand Classic in Las Vegas.
Edwards is the first Georgia freshman to be tabbed first-team All-SEC in preseason balloting since the league began conducting a media day in 1989. He is the 12th Bulldog to earn first-team All-SEC preseason honors. A select panel of both SEC and national media members voted for a five-player All-SEC team in association with Wednesday’s SEC Basketball Media Day. Edwards was joined on the first team by Kerry Blackshear of Florida, Ashton Hagans of Kentucky, Breein Tyree of Ole Miss and Reggie Perry of Mississippi State.
The Jerry West Shooting Guard Watch List was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which administers the five national position player of the year honors. New to the award this season is Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2020 Jerry West Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles next April 10, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five.
Edwards is one of seven SEC players on the Jerry West Award watch list along with Isaiah Joe of Arkansas, Tyrese Maxey of Kentucky, Skylar Mays of LSU, Breein Tyree of Ole Miss, A.J. Lawson of South Carolina and Jordan Bowden of Tennessee.
Tom Crean and the Georgia Bulldogs had a big day on Monday, picking up a couple of commitments from JUCO recruits for 2020.
Jonathan Ned announced his commitment to the Bulldogs via his Twitter account, and that announcement was followed shortly after by a Rivals report that Mikal Starks had also committed to UGA.
— Jonathan Ned (@kingned_) October 7, 2019
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) October 7, 2019
Jonathan Ned and Mikal Starks are teammates at Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) in Melbourne, Fla. Ned is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound small forward, while Starks is a 6-foot-0, 180-pound point guard.
“I feel like it was the right fit for me,” Starks told Rivals.com. “Their style of play matches my game well and who wouldn’t want to play for Coach (Tom) Crean?”
Both EFSC recruits will enroll next Fall and each will have two seasons of college eligibility.
Ned and Starks are the second and third verbal commitments for Georgia’s 2020 recruiting class. They join power forward Josh Taylor, who committed to the Bulldogs last month.
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ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs have added an exhibition contest against Valdosta State next Friday to their pre-season schedule and also have finalized tip times for eight non-conference home games, which will all tip at 7:00 p.m.
Georgia will take on Valdosta State next Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. Admission will be free.
Valdosta State is coming off a 24-7 season when the Blazers won the Gulf South Conference regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to West Alabama in the South Regional. Valdosta State returns a trio of double-digit scorers from last season – Clay Guillozet (13.1 ppg), Bryce Smith (10.2 ppg) and Darrell Jones (10.1 ppg).
All eight of the Bulldogs’ non-conference home dates at Stegeman Coliseum will tip at 7:00 p.m.
At least four of Georgia’s non-conference contests will be televised. Home matchups against SMU on Friday, Dec. 20, and versus Georgia Southern on Monday, Dec. 23 will air on the SEC Network. The Bulldogs’ contest at Memphis on Saturday, Jan. 4 will be broadcast nationally on CBS and tip at 1:00 p.m. ET. Georgia’s first-round game against Dayton in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be televised on ESPN2 on Nov. 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs’ other two games in Maui may appear on TV depending on their place in the tournament bracket.
Georgia will open the season with a four-game homestand that will be available via SEC Network Plus, the HD quality streaming service of SEC competition in virtually every sport. Outings against North Carolina Central on Wednesday, Dec., 4 and Austin Peay on Monday, Dec. 30 will also be available through SEC Network Plus.
Last season, Georgia broke its all-time total attendance record during head coach Tom Crean’s first season at the helm. The Bulldogs broke their previous record by more than 9,000 fans and had seven sellouts during the 2018-19 campaign.
The excitement from last winter is expanding for the upcoming campaign as the Bulldogs welcome one of the nation’s top-5 recruiting classes that features five of the top-100 prospects in the Class of 2019. In addition, Georgia’s roster features five letterwinners who combined to score exactly 1,000 points last season.
Non-renewable season tickets for Georgia’s 17-game home slate are now on sale for $255. Single-game tickets, which are $15, will go on sale on Oct. 24. The Bulldogs’ home schedule includes games against eight teams that earned postseason bids last spring, including six NCAA Tournament participants. Fans interested in purchasing non-renewable season tickets can do so online here or by calling the UGA ticket office at 877-542-1231.
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