Anthony Edwards is an American NBA player from Minnesota Timberwolves who played as the team’s shooting guard and small forward. As a child, he was nicknamed “Ant-Man” by his father. Before he considered playing basketball, Edwards played football as the team’s quarterback, cornerback, and running back. This earned him as one of the best Pop Warner running backs at such a young age. What inspired him to play basketball is because of his brother playing the sport and basketball looks more fun than football. During his 9th grade, he was coached by Justin Holland to play basketball.
High School Career
Edwards is a natural talent in basketball, and because of his success in the Atlanta Xpress 15-under Amateur Athletic Union team, he was listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals. He started playing basketball for Therrell High School, but eventually transferred to Holy Spirit Preparatory School. In 20118, he helped his school defeat The Heritage School for Class AAA state championship, and because of his status as a basketball player and his academic improvement, he was reclassified to the 2019 class, instead of 2020.
In 2019, Edwards committed to play for Georgia, and he became the first Georgia freshman debutant who earned the most points since Dominque Wilkins in 1979. He recorded 24 points with four steals and 9 rebounds. He also appeared at the Maui Invitational and he recorded a season-high 37 points with 4 steals, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. At the same time, he was the first Georgia freshman to earn at least 37 points since Jacky Dorsey.
Professional NBA Career
In March 2020, he decided to join the 2020 NBA Draft, where he was selected number 1 overall pick by his current team, Minnesota Timberwolves. In December 2020, he debuted with 15 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds within 25 minutes of playtime. In March 2021, he scored a career-high 42 points with 3 assists and 7 rebounds. He became the third-youngest NBA player to score more than 40 points in NBA history.
- 2019 McDonald’s All-American Team
- 2020 SEC Rookie of the Year
- 2020 Second-team All-SEC
- 2021 NBA All-Rookie First Team