5-star Class of 2019 guard Anthony Edwards eliminates Kansas from list of finalists
He was supposed to make an official visit to Kansas on Feb. 9, but, during the past week or so, his plans changed completely.
Now, instead of visiting Kansas in 10 days, combo guard Anthony Edwards, the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2019 per Rivals.com, is not visiting KU at all.
“I’m not going to Kansas anymore,” Edwards told Evan Daniels of 247 Sports this week. “I’m going to UNC this Monday through Wednesday and then Florida State on Saturday.”
Beyond that, it appears as if Edwards has cut KU from his list of options altogether. Daniels on Thursday wrote that the 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard from Atlanta told him he’s now down to Georgia, Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina.
KU was on Edwards’ list of five just two weeks ago, but the former Class of 2020 prospect who reclassified into the 2019 class evidently has moved on from the Jayhawks.
According to Daniels, Edwards recently has been talked about as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and many people consider him the most talented scorer in the 2019 class.
His decision to eliminate KU from his final five puts even greater importance on KU’s ability to reel in 4-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley, the No. 33-ranked player in the 2019 class per Rivals, who has a final list of KU, Oregon and UCLA.
Stanley is regarded by several recruiting analysts to be on the short list of the most talented athletes in the class regardless of position.
Because of the recent coaching change at UCLA, many consider the chase for Stanley to be a two-team race between the Ducks and Jayhawks. But there are plenty out there who still believe that the in-state Bruins are in play for the athletic shooting guard from Chatsworth, Calif.
Stanley said this month that he would announce his decision on April 17, the first day of the spring signing period.
He recently broke down his three finalists with Zagsblog.com and had this to say about each program:
KU: “They want me to come into that two-guard spot right after Quentin Grimes. Just play the 1 and 2 and just come in and do what I have to do.”
UCLA: “UCLA gave me a pretty interesting pitch about being a kid from L.A. and what that does for my brand if I do go to UCLA afterwards. They all pretty much have given me interesting pitches.”
Oregon: “They want me to come in and be aggressive. They want to bring the culture back. They want to go back to the Final Four.”