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Justin Edwards, Aaron Bradshaw still considered top NBA prospects from SEC

Bradshaw has yet to play while Edwards has somewhat disappointed to start the season

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The Kentucky Wildcats have started the season with a bang. Despite a Champions Classic loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on their resume, the Cats have looked arguably better than most expected this young roster, too.

With all three big men having yet to take the court, Kentucky should only get better as well. The Cats have four, soon to be five, freshmen in their rotation, and all of them outside of Reed Shephard are expected to be top NBA prospects.

That said, On3’s Jamie Shaw wrote on the top NBA prospects from the SEC. Justin Edwards and Aaron Bradshaw were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Antonio Reeves, DJ Wagner, and Rob Dillingham were also in consideration but didn’t crack the rankings.

Here’s what Shaw wrote on Edwards.

The Buzz: Justin Edwards knows how to play basketball, and that is a lot of the appeal of his game. He is one of the older players in this freshman class, he will turn 20 in December. Edwards is a connecting wing. He is an excellent off-ball cutter, he can find soft spots in the defense for dump-off passes, and he gets to the rim in transition. Defensively, Edwards uses his length and understanding of rotations to be a very good team defender from the wing, someone who can also guard up a lineup. Edwards will need to develop his ball handling and creation. As a wing who is an average to below-average shooter at this point, he will need to be able to get to his spots in the mid-range off the bounce. Edwards is someone who could maintain this position or continue to drop. He has never been a shooter or a creator, but his instincts and understanding are so good.

Edwards is averaging 10 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, shooting 46.3% from the field. The Cats have yet to see Bradshaw play, but he’s expected to take the court sooner rather than later.

The Cats are 4-1 so far this season and a perfect 4-0 at home. Their high-ceiling freshmen could make this team one of the best in the nation, and the goal is that this team continues to grow and mature as the season progresses.