Kentucky lands 5-star ahead Edwards over Vols

5-star small ahead Justin Edwards introduced his dedication to Kentucky on Monday, turning into the Wildcats‘ second five-star pledge within the 2023 class.

Edwards selected the Wildcats over Tennessee, with the 2 SEC colleges vying for his providers over the previous few months. Kentucky was the early favourite after it prolonged a scholarship supply to Edwards final fall, however Tennessee made up floor after the Volunteers hosted him for a go to in March.

However the Wildcats have had a lot of the momentum because the July dwell analysis interval started, and coach John Calipari made it a precedence to look at Edwards all month.

A 6-foot-7 wing from Imhotep Institute Constitution Excessive Faculty (Pennsylvania), Edwards is ranked No. 13 within the ESPN 100 for the 2023 class. He was one of the crucial productive gamers on the Nike EYBL circuit all spring and summer time, averaging 16.6 factors and 6.5 rebounds over 25 video games.

Edwards excelled at this month’s Peach Jam event, serving to lead his Staff Remaining program to the quarterfinals. He had 17 factors and 13 rebounds in a win over elite prospect G.G. Jackson and the CP3 All-Stars, and went for 24 factors and 10 rebounds within the quarterfinal loss.

“Justin Edwards has been on a tear as of late,” stated ESPN Nationwide Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi. “He performed very nicely on the Peach Jam, scoring and rebounding, and producing steals on and off the ball as a consequence of his lengthy body. At 6-foot-7, he’s an enormous lefty wing who continually assaults the basket with aggressiveness. Defensively, he can swap onto completely different perimeter threats.

“His jumper is greater than succesful, however the place he excels is in transition as a high-level finisher within the open ground. Within the half court docket, he dominates with laborious, straight-line drives, journeys to the free throw line and works the glass for further possessions.”

Calipari and Kentucky now have two five-star recruits and three top-30 prospects of their 2023 recruiting class, with Edwards becoming a member of top-five guard Robert Dillingham and four-star guard Reed Sheppard. The Wildcats are additionally thought of the favourite for No. 1 general prospect D.J. Wagner and are squarely within the combine for Ron Holland (No. four), Aaron Bradshaw (No. 19) and Ugonn Kingsley-Onyenso (No. 35).

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