Some projections still have Anthony Edwards being taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 1 overall pick in Wednesday night’s NBA Draft.
The Post’s latest mock draft has the Georgia swingman going third to the Charlotte Hornets.
Even with such lofty career prospects, the 19-year-old Edwards indicated in a recent feature story that he’s still not particularly passionate about basketball, saying he’d rather play in the NFL than the NBA.
“I’m still not really into it,” he told ESPN.com. “I love basketball, yeah. It’s what I do.”
Edwards, a former running back who gave up football when he broke his ankle in junior high, even said that he’d leave basketball behind if he had a chance to be drafted instead in the NFL.
“Because you can do anything on the field,” Edwards said. “You can spike the ball. You can dance. You can do all type of disrespectful stuff.” In the NBA, he says, “you can’t do any of that. You’ll get fined.”
The 6-5 shooting guard averaged 19.1 points in 32 games as a freshman for the Bulldogs, shooting 40.2 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from 3-point range.
Edwards’ personal trainer Justin Holland is quoted in the same ESPN story as saying that Edwards just prefers to watch football over basketball, but they constantly are breaking down clips of comparable NBA players, such as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.
“Basketball is my life,” Edwards said. “I love it, and it’s what I do. Basketball is my heart, but football is where I started, so I’ll never forget about that.
“But don’t get me wrong, basketball is my No. 1 because I feel like it’s going to get me through a lot of the stuff I need to get through. And it’s what I do. It’s a job. I feel like I’m working right now. I love it.”
Edwards also revealed that he is an aspiring rapper and that he’s already recorded some tracks with his older brother, Bubba. Asked to compare his music with songs recorded by Portland Trail Blazer star Damian Lillard, Edwards replied, “But I really can rap. Dame, talking about — I don’t know what he’s talking about. I’m rapping like Lil Baby.”
Despite some moments of immaturity as a freshman, Edwards has the tools to become an All-Star guard and an All-Defensive team selection in the NBA, according to Georgia coach Tom Crean.
“I don’t think there’s any question that he can be a perennial All-Star and in the right environment be a part of a team that’s competing for championships and be an integral part of it,” Crean told ESPN.com. “I don’t think there’s any limit, I really don’t.
“But I think because of his age…and all these different things, these next couple of years are going to be absolutely [important].”