Georgia’s Anthony Edwards Earns SEC Freshman of the Year and More
SOURCE: GEORGIA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
Georgia’s Anthony Edwards was honored with a list of accolades throughout the day on Tuesday. The most significant were SEC Freshman and Newcomer of the Year recognitions from league coaches and the Associated Press, respectively.
At 11:00 a.m ET., Edwards was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, second-team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman in balloting of league coaches in an announcement from the SEC.
Shortly thereafter, he was tabbed the SEC Newcomer of the Year and second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press.
While the Bulldogs were in the air traveling to Nashville for the SEC Tournament, Edwards was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s All-District team for players from schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Edwards, a 6-5, 225-pound native of Atlanta, is averaging 19.5 points per game, making him the highest-scoring freshman in the nation and the third-best scorer overall in the SEC this season. Edwards’ total of 604 points this season is just five shy of matching Tennessee’s Allan Houston for the 10th-most ever by an SEC Freshman. Edwards also ranks among SEC statistical leaders in 3-pointers per game (No. 5 at 2.3 3FGs per game), defensive rebounds (No. 10 at 4.6 rpg) and No. 19 in playing time (No. 19 at 32.8 mpg).
Edwards was named SEC Freshman of the Week a school-record four times, being selected on Dec. 2, Jan. 3, March 2 and March 9. Edwards is one of five finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
Edwards is the first Bulldog ever to be voted SEC Freshman of the Year by league coaches since the award’s inception in 2001. He is Georgia’s third AP SEC Newcomer of the Year, following freshman Jumaine Jones in 1998 and redshirt sophomore Jarvis Hayes in 2002.
Edwards is Georgia’s 64th All-SEC honoree, and the Bulldogs’ 12th Freshman All-SEC pick.
Georgia will open play at the SEC Tournament on Wednesday when the Bulldogs face Ole Miss at 7:00 p.m. ET at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.