By LARRY VAUGHT
Georgia guard Anthony Edwards might be the best freshman basketball player in the SoutheasterConference this year — or maybe just the best player in the nation. He’s that good.
Kentucky did its best to recruit the Atlanta standout before he opted to sign with in-state Georgia and now will have to face the Wildcats this year.
He knows UK freshmen Keion Brooks Jr., Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Masey and expects all three to do well this year for the Wildcats.
“Keion Brooks is like a big guard who really has a nice pull-up jumper,” Edwards said at the McDonald’s All-American Game. “He’s really athletic, a lot more so than some people think at first.”
How would he match up against the taller Brooks?
“I’m stronger than him, so I’d have to impose my will against him and use my strength,” Edwards said..
He could be matched up against Maxey a lot. He says “every dude” committed to UK is good, but called Maxey “really good” when talking about him.
“He’s cold. He just really good in everything he does,” Edwards said. “He can get inside and score but he can also really shoot the ball. The best thing about him, though, is that floater he has. It’s about impossible to defend and he’s so quick that he’s really hard to stay in front of when he goes to the basket.”
While Maxey is “cold,” Edwards preferred the word “dog” to describe Whitney because of his strength.
“He wants to score at will against anybody he plays and it’s hard to stop him,” Edwards said. “If we go against each other, I will have to just not let him post me up, but that’s not easy. He likes to body you up and he’s so strong he can do that. He’s just a strong, physical player that will be a load for anybody to try and stop down low.”