ATHENS — There’s nothing like seeing Georgia freshman phenom Anthony Edwards in person, even in the eyes of an NBA veteran coach like Eric Musselman.
Edwards, widely projected as the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, put on a show for Bulldogs’ fans in the penultimate home game of his Georgia career on Saturday night.
Edwards scored nine of his 26 points in the final 1:07 as Georgia pulled away for a 99-89 victory over Musselman’s Razorbacks.
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“Having coached in that league, meaning the next level, he’s got an NBA body right now,” said Musselman, who spent 16 years of his career coaching in the NBA, including five as a head coach with Golden State and Sacramento.
“He can dribble drive in traffic at the next level, take contact, finish through contact,” he said. “You watch a guy on film and he’s really good, and then you watch him live, just his explosiveness. He’s got NBA athleticism and NBA strength.”
Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean has aided Edwards growth and maturity this season with the Bulldogs, knowing proper guidance would be pivotal.
“We ask a lot of him, and I hope nobody is losing sight of how much progress he’s making,” Crean said. “…. when you’re ranked like he is and when you have the expectation level that he has, there is nowhere to go but down …. there’s nowhere to go but down in the eyes of the public when you’re ranked that high.
“Well, he’s going up. He’s getting better all the time, and he’s getting better at so many different things, and today he persevered and he bounced back a couple times in that game and made a huge difference.”
Musselman knew it all too well.
“His combination of strength, speed, his pull-up jumper off the bounce he can just rise over people,” Musselman said. “He’s an incredible player with an incredibly bright future.”
Georgia basketball returns to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday against Florida. Senior Day festivities begin at Stegeman Coliseum at 6:40 p.m.
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