Duke Basketball: 2020 SG Anthony Edwards is on Duke coaches’ radar

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There’s a uniquely talented high school junior continuing to attract the attention of the Duke basketball program, but when will the Blue Devils extend him an offer?

Name a heavyweight program; chances are its coaches are keeping a close eye on Anthony Edwards. The Duke basketball coaches are no exception.

Although Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have yet to offer a scholarship to the five-star shooting guard from the 2020 class, it shouldn’t be long until they do. After all, Jason Jordan of USA Today High School Sports reported on Wednesday that Edwards told him Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas, and Michigan State are the five schools that stand out for their intense pursuit of his services as of late.

The 247Sports Composite ranks the 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Atlanta, Ga., as the No. 3 overall prospect and No. 2 at his position in the 2020 class. However, when watching Edwards play, it is difficult to comprehend why he doesn’t top the list.

Not only does Edwards often mimic Steph Curry by draining buckets from miles beyond the arc, but he also has a tendency to do his best Zion Williamson impersonation when his head ends up above the rim as he dunks. And on top of all that, his floor vision resembles that of an All-Star point guard.

He keeps his eyes up when the ball is in hands, and he has a motor — on both ends of the court — that never seems to sputter. In order to understand why college coaches are salivating at the chance to snag Edwards, check out this mixtape of his play from this past summer:

Currently, the Blue Devils have extended offers to four members of the 2020 class: small forward Jalen Johnson (No. 5 on the composite rankings), combo guard R.J. Hampton (No. 6), shooting guard B.J. Boston (No. 11), and point guard Jeremy Roach (No. 16).

It should only be a matter of time until Edwards’ name appears on that list. While the coaches in Durham may be waiting to see how the recruitments of Hampton, Boston, and Roach progress before extending an offer to another guard, it would be worth Duke taking the risk of disrespecting those three by putting its name officially in the race for Edwards.

For if Edwards was to appear someday in Cameron Indoor Stadium as a member of the home team, his play is sure to keep the eyes of Duke basketball fans affixed to his every move.

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