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Anthony Edwards commits to Georgia: What does it mean for Kentucky?

The new No. 1 player in the country is staying home in Georgia

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Anthony Edwards, presumed by many to be the No. 1 player in the 2019 class, has decided to stay home and commit to the Georgia Bulldogs and Tom Crean.

Edwards was considered a long-time Florida State lean, but momentum shifted within the past month when he took only official visits to Georgia and Kentucky and canceled his Florida State visit right before his announcement.

Now, what does this mean for Kentucky?

While losing out on such an explosive player like Edwards stings, it certainly does not hurt John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats, other than on the recruiting ranking services.

With top-10 point guard Tyrese Maxey committed, Kentucky just needs to get one or two of Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, and Immanuel Quickley back to fill the void left by Edwards. Quickley is very likely to be back, but Hagans and Herro appear more likely to leave as of now.

Had Edwards picked Kentucky, it would have made it a lot easier for both Hagans and Herro to go pro with the potential of crowded backcourt hurting their stock for next year. Now, at least one of them will have a major role on next year’s team with Edwards heading elsewhere.

Pair that with fellow top-10 player Kahlil Whitney, Donatie Allen, and the plethora of other targets that Kentucky is going for and the Wildcats will be fine.

However, this likely means Kentucky won’t have the No. 1 recruiting class in 2019, and depending how the other recruitments go, Calipari may not even land a top-three class. But as we’ve seen this season, Kentucky can win with upperclassmen and freshman who weren’t considered elite prospects coming out of high school.

And if EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards decided to come back for their sophomore and junior seasons, then Kentucky will once again be set for another good season.

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