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Report: Warriors would likely draft Anthony Edwards with No. 1 overall pick

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The Golden State Warriors finished with the worst record in the NBA this season, and now there is an indication of which way they may be leaning if they land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Connor Letorneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday that, if the Warriors land the No. 1 choice and decide not to trade it, they will likely take Georgia guard Anthony Edwards. Should the pick fall in the range of No. 2 to No. 5 instead though, the team will strongly consider Auburn forward Isaac Okoro, Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton, and Israeli forward Deni Avdija, among other prospects.

Edwards, 18, is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who was named SEC Freshman of the Year this past season. He averaged 19.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for Tom Crean’s Bulldogs, who posted a 16-16 record.

We heard that the Warriors were leaning against taking a true seven-footer, so this report is consistent with previous ones about their presumptive approach to the draft. It would be interesting though to see how a player like Edwards would fit in on the Warriors with Andrew Wiggins and a healthy Klay Thompson already on the wings.

Top recruit explains why he wanted to play for Tom Crean at Georgia

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The Georgia Bulldogs are not a college basketball powerhouse, but one of the country’s best recruits has decided to play for them anyway.

Anthony Edwards, a five-star recruit considered a consensus top-five member of the 2019 class, decided to stay home and play for the Bulldogs on an announcement on Monday, spurning the likes of Kentucky in the process. The major reason, it turned out, was coach Tom Crean and his history with shooting guards.

“I chose Georgia because two of my favorite players, Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo, was coached by Tom Crean and he’s a great coach with player development,” Edwards told CBS Sports HQ, via college basketball writer Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog. “They came in not highly rated and they came out, Dwyane Wade a really good player has had a really good career so it weighed big on me.”

This was exactly what Georgia hoped for when bringing in a big name like Crean to lead the program. The first-year coach is really unhappy with his roster these days, but bringing players like Edwards in will fix that quickly.