Anthony Edwards is a professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. Edwards, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, played football until the age of ten. He then switched to basketball after watching his brothers play the sport. Anthony Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound guard, attended D.M. Therrell High School and played only one season of college basketball at the University of Georgia.
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He played for the Georgia Bulldogs in college. He was the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he was an NBA All-Star reserve in the 2022–23 season. As a freshman, Edwards, who has been called a “huge and explosive talent,” led all Division 1 freshmen in scoring with 19.1 points per game. He was also named SEC (Southeastern Conference) Freshman of the Year.
He began his career as a shooting guard for Therrell High School, but given his success, he went to Holy Spirit Preparatory School. Edwards finished his senior year averaging 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. Major recruiting organizations ranked him a five-star prospect, and he went on to appear in the McDonald’s All-American Championship and the Jordan Brand Classic.
The 6-foot-5 point guard earned MaxPreps All-American accolades as a senior at Holy Spirit Prep. Edwards averaged 25.7 points per game as a junior while guiding the Cougars to the GISA 3A state championship. Anthony lived up to the hype in his only season at Georgia, averaging 19.1 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.
Anthony Edwards was nicknamed “Ant-Man” in high school
Before he could reach adolescence, Anthony was dubbed “Ant-Man” in Atlanta. Edwards’ father gave him the nickname when he was three years old, long before the superhero film but suitable for his own extraordinary origin tale. “Ant-Man” wasn’t a can’t-miss prospect on the hardwood at the time. Instead, he was the most dominant player on the football field.
Octavius Harris, principal of Ralph J. Bunche Middle School, first met Edwards when he was in fourth grade and coached him while he was at Therrell High School. Harris recalls Edwards’ apparent talent as a young student-athlete. Edwards led the basketball team to back-to-back championships at Jean Childs Middle School.
From playing his sole college season for Georgia to being the top pick in the 2020 NBA draft, it is clear what potential Anthony has. You get the impression Edwards has been mentally preparing for this his entire life. Born an athletic prodigy and named after a superhero, his elevation may have been inevitable. Ant-Man’s moment has finally arrived, after years in the making.