ATLANTA — Three days into the Georgia basketball offseason workouts, an NCAA tournament team remains in the making with Nicolas Claxton taking part.
Coach Tom Crean said UGA and Claxton are “actively working at getting feedback” from the NBA undergraduate committee as to where Claxton’s NBA stock sits.
There’s a general sentiment the 6-foot-11, 220-pound Claxton needs to get thicker and stronger before being ready for the NBA.
In the meantime, Crean appears to be building a monster with the addition of four top 100 recruits.
McDonald’s All-American recruit Anthony “Antman” Edwards is at the head of the class.
Edwards, the top-ranked shooting guard in the nation and an Atlanta Holy Spirit Prep product, made no apologies for turning down blue blood programs to wear red and black.
“I don’t follow the wave,” Edwards said after his 12-point, 3-assist performance in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night in State Farm Arena.
Asked #UGA commit Anthony Edwards if it meant anything that he chose #Georgia over some of the more traditional #MCDAAG paths: “Yeah, it means I don’t follow the wave.” #Dawgs #GoDawgs #SEC pic.twitter.com/qTpkMVuWjC
— Jonathan Adams (@JonDAdams) March 28, 2019
Edwards is hoping he can consider Precious Achiuwa to subscribe to his way of thinking.
“I’m definitely a recruiter right now,” Edwards said. “It’s a super big goal for me to get Precious to UGA.”
Achiuwa, a 6-9 forward from the Montverde Academy (Fla.)., scored a game-high 22 points in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night.
The 5-star Achiuwa is rated the No. 16 player in the nation by ESPN and is still being recruited by North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas and UConn.
The Bulldogs have 6-foot-8 forward Rayshaun Hammonds returning along with the 6-11 Claxton, and adding a player like Achiuwa to the front line would put Georgia over the top.
The Bulldogs have had two more scholarships open up since the end of the season with the announced transfers of sophomore shooting guard Teshaun Hightower and freshman shooting guard Ignas Sargiunas.
“We keep actively recruiting and paying attention to our needs,” Crean said. “This is a very fluid time.”
Indeed, Florida basketball has three pending transfers even after making it into the NCAA tournament.