ATHENS — Former Georgia star and SEC Freshman of the Year Anthony “Antman” Edwards has been soaring since the NBA all-star break.
Edwards became the third-youngest player in NBA history to score more than 40 points in a game on Thursday, putting 42 up in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 123-119 come-from-behind at Phoenix.
Edwards, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, pledged to play out the season with the Bulldogs even if it meant playing in the NIT.
In the five games since the all-star break, Edwards is averaging 30.6 points per contest, and he has scored at least 19 points in nine straight games.
“Anthony has been getting better by the week and now it’s showing up in the games,” UGA coach Tom Crean said. “His confidence, conditioning and fearlessness are really growing at a high level.
“Seeing all of this continuing to rise at such a rapid rate is really exciting.”
The 42-point performance by Edwards on Thursday represented a career-high for him. It was also the most scored by an NBA rookie this season, eclipsing the 39 points Tyrese Maxey scored on Jan. 9.
Minnesota is 3-2 in its past five games.