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Donnell Gresham Jr. and Tyree Crump | UGA men's basketball
Donnell Gresham Jr. and Tyree Crump | UGA men’s basketball

Georgia Basketball Game Notes

Georgia (11-7, 1-4 SEC) vs. Ole Miss (9-9, 0-5 SEC)

Saturday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET

Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) in Athens, Ga.

Watch: SEC Network (Mike Morgan, play-by-play; Pat Bradley, analyst)

Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network Flagship: WSB AM 750 Atlanta. XM: 381; Internet: 971. (Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, analyst; Tony Schiavone, producer)

The Starting Five

• Anthony Edwards is the nation’s top-scoring freshman at 18.9 ppg…and the only first-year player currently ranked among the top-50 scorers in Division I hoops..

• Over the last 12 games, Toumani Camara is UGA’s second leading rebounder (5.2 rpg) and third on the team in scoring (7.6 ppg) and minutes played (26.9 mpg).

• UGA’s win at No. 9 Memphis was just its second road victory ever over a ranked, non-conference foe…and the first since Dec. 28, 1977 at No. 7 Louisville.

• Six of nine SEC games at Stegeman Coliseum are now sellouts – Kentucky, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida.

• Georgia’s celebrated freshman class – ranked among the top-10 groups nationally by every recruiting service – features five of the nation’s top-100 prospects.

The Opening Tip

Georgia returns to the crowded confines of Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday to host Ole Miss, one of six sellouts the Bulldogs (or their fans) have secured for nine SEC home dates.

Georgia is 9-1 at Stegeman this season, and the current attendance average of 9,429 is on pace to be the second-best effort in school history (trailing only 9,857 in 2002-03). Considering five of the Bulldogs’ seven remaining home dates already are sellouts, Georgia could approach a school-record mark by season’s end. Tickets only remain for mid-week games against South Carolina and Auburn.

Tom Crean has credited fan support as an integral part of the home success, most notably following a double-overtime win over SMU.

“We don’t win this game without this crowd,” Crean said bluntly. “We do not win this game without this incredible, passionate, stick-with-us, not let us drop crowd. I reminded the players a few times that we’re sitting here in basically a sold-out game, and these fans are not giving up on you, so don’t give up on yourself. I’m extremely proud of how we found a way to win, and I’m unbelievably thankful for our fans.”

Anthony Edwards, a pre- and mid-season All-American and leading National Freshman of the Year candidate, is the nation’s top-scoring freshman at 18.9 ppg. Rayshaun Hammonds is the SEC’s fourth-leading rebounder (8.2 rpg) and also ranks No. 14 in scoring (13.9 ppg). 

Game Promotions

The first 1,250 UGA students at Saturday’s game will receive a pair of black replica Georgia Basketball game shorts.

The Stegeman Coliseum concourse on the Carlton Street side of the arena will be transformed into a “Kids Zone,” with face painting, a balloon artist, a sign making station and a bouncy house.

Keeping An Eye On . . . Entering Today’s Game

Among UGA’s Freshman Leaders Anthony Edwards is…

• 13 points from No. 9 Trey Thompkins 

• 27 points from No. 8 Terry Fair

Among UGA’s career Leaders Tyree Crump is…

• 15 3FGs from No. 10 Jody Patton

• 23 3FGAs from No. 8 G.G. Smith

Series History

Georgia leads the all-time series with Ole Miss 73-44, including a 41-13 advantage in Athens. 

The Bulldogs and Rebels met twice within a two-week span last season, with Ole Miss sweeping those outings.

In the most recent matchup on Feb. 23 at The Pavilion in Oxford, Jordan Harris notched his third-consecutive career-high scoring output with 15 points, but Georgia still suffered a 72-71 loss to the Rebels.

The Rebels led by 10 at the half, but Georgia opened the second stanza on a 14-2 run.

Ole Miss went back on top and eventually led 69-62 with 2:53 remaining before Harris scored seven straight – with a bucket at the 2:28 mark, a three-point play following his steal with 1:56 remaining and pair of free throws with 1:36 on the clock.

Devontae Shuler ended the surge with a 3-pointer, but Nicolas Claxton answered for Georgia. The Bulldogs missed a pair of potential game-winning 3-pointers in the final minute at the 18- and 1-second marks.

In Athens on Feb. 9 last season, the Rebels secured an 80-64 victory before a sellout crowd at Stegeman Coliseum. 

Scouting The Rebels

Ole Miss opened the season with four consecutive wins and was 9-4 before calendar rolled over to 2020. Since then, the Rebels have dropped their last six outings, including their first five SEC dates.

Breein Tyree provides Ole Miss with one of the SEC‘s leading scorers at 18.9 ppg. Blake Hinson and Devontae Shuler also score at a double-digit pace, while KJ Buffen‘s 9.9 ppg average is bucket shy of giving the Rebels a fourth double-figure average.

Last Time Out…

Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds led a quartet of Bulldogs in double digits with 16 points each but it was not enough for Georgia in an 89-79 loss to No. 15 Kentucky on Tuesday at Rupp Arena.

The Bulldogs trailed by six, 41-35, at the half after Edwards endured his first scoreless half of the season. 

Georgia started quickly after the intermission, scoring consecutive buckets in 29 seconds to pull within two points and force the Wildcats into a quick timeout. Kentucky answered with two baskets in 31 seconds to regain its six-point edge.

The Bulldogs pulled within a single possession two more times, lastly at 57-54 at the 12:38 mark before a 12-2 surge by the Cats.

Dogs End Brutal Stretch

The Ole Miss contest completes Georgia’s grueling stretch to open SEC play. 

The Bulldogs began league action by facing six straight teams that earned NCAA Tournament bids last spring – Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Kentucky (again) and Ole Miss.

Fans Flocking To Stegeman

The Stegeman Coliseum turnstiles have been quite busy since Tom Crean’s arrival.

Last season, the Bulldogs drew 148,700 fans to break their total attendance record by more than 9,000 fans, and Georgia notched its fourth-best average attendance mark ever.

This season, a combined 94,289 members of the Bulldog Nation have attended Georgia’s first 10 home dates, the second-largest tally for that many initial outings in program history.              

The Bulldogs’ best first nine-game home attendance mark to begin a season was in 2002-03 when Georgia welcomed a total of 96,577 spectators to Stegeman. The No. 3 mark is 90,047 in 1981-82, Dominique Wilkins’ third and final season at UGA.

Season and single-game tickets have moved at a record pace this season. 

For the first time ever, Georgia sold out the season ticket allotment for Stegeman, Crean announced during Stegmania II on Oct. 11.

Six of Georgia’s nine SEC home dates were sold out before conference play started.

Outings against Texas A&M and Alabama officially became sellouts on Oct. 24, the first day single-game tickets went on sale. Since then, the Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Florida games also have sold out. The only matchups on the 2020 calendar with tickets remaining are mid-week contests against South Carolina and Auburn.

Edwards Ascends Into UGA’s Top-10 Freshmen Scoring Tallies

Though the Bulldogs are just past the midway point of the season, Anthony Edwards has already joined Georgia’s top-10 season scoring efforts by a freshman.

Edwards’ 16 points at No. 15 Kentucky on Jan. 21 pushed him past the previous No. 10 freshman effort in Georgia history by Eric Marbury as outlined below

Edwards’ current scoring average of 18.9 ppg would be second best among all players on the top-10 ledger, trailing only Jacky Dorsey. At his current pace, Edwards would wrap up the Bulldogs’ 31-game regular-season slate with 587 points.

UGA’s Top-10 Freshman Scorers

Rk.          Player                                    Pts.         Year       G             Avg.

                1.             Jacky Dorsey                        646         1975       25            25.8

                2.             Jumaine Jones                     515         1998       35            14.7

                3.             Litterial Green                       481         1989       31            15.5

                4.             Cedric Henderson                433         1985       28            15.5

                5.             K. Caldwell-Pope                 422         2012       32            13.2

                6.             Walter Daniels                      404         1976       27            15.0

                7.             D.A. Layne                            381         1999       30            12.7

                8.             Terry Fair                               368         1980       27            13.6

                9.             Trey Thompkins                   354         2009       28            12.6

10.          Anthony Edwards              341         2020       18            18.9

UGA Equals 2018-19 Win Total

With their 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15 the Bulldogs’ equaled their total number of victories during the 2018-19 campaign.

Anthony Edwards (26 points) and Rayshaun Hammonds (21) paced Georgia with a pair of 20-point performances versus the Vols.

Georgia seized control midway through the first half. An Edwards 3-pointer at the 13:14 mark sparked a 26-7 surge that put the Bulldogs up 34-19 with 7:31 remaining in the half.

Georgia pushed its advantage to 20 points with just under a minute left before intermission and never allowed the Vols closer than 16 points in the second stanza.

When He’s Hot, He’s Really Hot

Tye Fagan scored 14 points at No. 15 Kentucky on Tuesday by connecting on all six of his shots from the field (including a 3-pointer) and his one attempt at the free throw line.

Fagan has now scored in double figures three times this season and has done so in an extremely efficient fashion. In that trio of contests, Fagan has connected on 81.0 percent (17-of-21) of his shots from the floor.

Fagan recorded his first double-digit scoring output as a Bulldog with 11 points against Dayton on Nov. 25 in the opening round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. He connected on 5-of-5 shots from the field, including his only 3-point attempt, against the Flyers.

The sophomore from Logtown paced Georgia with a career-most 15 points at Arizona State on Dec. 14. Fagan did most of his damage in the second half in Tempe with 11 points in 10 minutes of PT.

Before that, Fagan’s top offensive performances as a Bulldog were early last season. He notched eight points in three of the first four games of his freshman year – against Temple, Sam Houston State and Illinois State.

A Trio Of Freshman Starters

Freshmen Toumani Camara, Anthony Edwards and Sahvir Wheeler all started for the Bulldogs at No. 5 Auburn on Jan. 11. That marked the first time Georgia started a trio of freshmen in a decade and 11 days.

To find the last contest when three first-year Bulldogs got the nod you have to venture back to a date with Kennesaw State on New Year’s Eve in 2008 when Travis Leslie, Trey Thompkins and Dustin Ware all started.

All told, four members of the Bulldogs’ top-10 recruiting class have now started at some point this season. Rodney Howard did so against N.C. Central and Arizona State.

Significance of the Memphis Win

While most of the SEC opened league play on Saturday, Jan. 4, Georgia was earning a historic road win at No. 9 Memphis. 

That was: 1) just the second road victory over a ranked non-conference foe in 115 seasons of Georgia Basketball; and 2) just the second road win over a ranked foe by any SEC team this seasonSouth Carolina’s upset of No. 9 Virginia on Dec. 22 being the other.

The victory over the Tigers also represented the Bulldogs’ first:

• win over a top-10 foe since defeating No. 10 Kentucky, 77-70, on Jan. 8, 2011.

• road win over a top-10 opponent since beating No. 5 Kentucky, 65-57, at Rupp Arena on Jan. 17, 2004.

• road win over a ranked, non-conference foe since topping No. 7 Louisville, 73-70 in overtime, on Dec. 29, 1977.

Edwards, Wheeler Included Among NCAA’s Freshman Leaders

Through games of Thursday, Jan. 23, Anthony Edwards and Sahvir Wheeler were ranked among the nation’s top freshmen statistically in scoring and assists, respectively, as outlined below.

Edwards was the top scorer among all Division-I freshmen and was the only first-year player included among the nation’s top-50 scoring leaders. 

Wheeler sported the seventh-best average assists tally by a freshman…and the 13th-best assist-to-TO ratio among first-year players.

Top Freshman Scoring Averages

Rk.          Player, School                                    GP          Avg.

49.          Anthony Edwards, Georgia             18            18.9

                72.          Isaiah Stewart, Washington               20            18.0

                72.          Landers Nolley, Va. Tech                   19            18.0

                93.          Jordyn Adams, Austin Peay               20            17.3

                95.          Onyeka Okongwu, USC                      18            17.2

Top Freshman Assist Averages

Rk.          Player, School                                    GP          Avg.

                22.          Nico Mannion, Arizona                        18            6.1

                33.          Ellis Magnuson, E. Wash.                  17            5.8

                34.          Yuri Collins, Saint Louis                      19            5.6

                55.          Rylan Jones, Utah                               17            5.1

                69.          Ethan Anderson, USC                         19            4.8

                69.          Sean East, UMass                               19            4.8

89.          Sahvir Wheeler, Georgia                  18            4.5

Camara’s Contributions Climbing

Toumani Camara has scored in double digits in each of Georgia’s last two games against Mississippi State and No. 15 Kentucky. Those performances headline a dramatic up-tick in the freshman’s PT and stats over the last 12 outings as outlined below.

Camara moved into the starting five against SMU and has remained in the lineup since.

Over the dozen-game span, Camara has been the Bulldogs’ second-leading rebounder and third-best on the roster in scoring and minutes played. Those contests also career highs of 16 points vs. Georgia Southern, nine rebounds vs. Austin Peay and 34 minutes of playing time vs. SMU.

Camara’s Increased Efforts

Stat                                        First 6    Last 12

                Points per game                   4.0          7.6

                Rebounds per game            2.5          5.2

                Minutes per game                13.2        26.9

Bulldogs Reversing Fortunes

With its 65-62 win at No. 9 Memphis on Jan. 4, Georgia improved to 4-0 in games decided by four points or less this season. That’s a dramatic difference from a year ago when the Bulldogs were 0-6 in such outings, with all six being to NCAA tourney teams.

Georgia’s non-conference effort in 2018-19 featured four- and two-point setbacks to Temple and Arizona State, respectively. 

In SEC play, the Bulldogs dropped four consecutive extremely excruciating late-season losses by a combined nine points between Feb. 16-27 – to LSU (83-79), Mississippi State (68-67), Ole Miss (72-71) and Auburn (78-75) between Feb 16-27.

Feel Free To Call Him “Ty-3”

Tyree Crump continued a familiar theme to his scoring this season, with 30 of his 44 made field goals (68.2 percent) coming from behind the 3-point arc. 

More than two-thirds of Crump’s made shots from the floor at UGA have come on 3-pointers. Crump has 157 3s as a Bulldog, 68.6 percent of his 229 made field goals.

Crump Joins, Approaches UGA Top 10s For 3-Point Takes, Makes

Tyree Crump ascended into Georgia’s all-time top-10 career leaders in 3-point attempts at Arizona State on Dec. 14 and is closing in on the top 10 for successful shots behind the arc as outlined below. 

Crump has 157 3-pointers, leaving him just 15 away from the Bulldogs’ current No. 10 tally of Jody Patton.

UGA Career 3FGA Leaders

Rk.          No.          Player                    Seasons                3FGs

                1.             683         Levi Stukes           2004-07                 261

                5.             569         Kenny Gaines       2013-16                 213

                8.             500         G.G. Smith            1996-99                 193

9.             477         Tyree Crump       2016-19                 157

UGA Career 3FG Leaders

Rk.          No.          Player                    Seasons                3FGAs

1.             261         Levi Stukes           2003-07                 683

                4.             213         Ezra Williams        2000-03                 582

                                213         Kenny Gaines       2012-16                 569

                9.             184         Bernard Davis       1990-94                 453

                10.          172         Jody Patton           1987-91                 387

11.          157         Tyree Crump       2016-19                 477

The Collegiate Canine Strikes

Donnell Gresham Jr. – the first graduate transfer in Georgia Basketball history – posted double-digit scoring tallies against Austin Peay and No. 9 Memphis. 

The St. Paul, Minn., native has now reached double figures 33 times as a collegiate canine – 29 as a Northeastern Husky and four as a Georgia Bulldog.

Gresham’s scoring against the Govs and Tigers was aided by hitting three 3-point baskets in each outing. That was a stark change to Georgia’s first 11 games, when he made a total of three shots from behind the arc.

Bulldogs Scoring At Rapid Pace

Georgia averaged 80.8 points per game in non-conference play which ranked No. 22 nationally following the Bulldogs’ last game SEC league play. 

Some additional nuggets within the Bulldogs’ production prior to SEC play include:

• UGA had eight 90-point performances in Tom Crean’s first 40 games in Athens. The Bulldogs reached the 90-point plateau just eight times in 249 games prior to Crean’s arrival.

• UGA has three of SEC’s top-10 scoring outputs in non-conference action – the No. 5 mark of 100 points vs. Delaware St. and the co-No. 10 standard of 95 points vs. both The Citadel and North Carolina Central.

• UGA scored 91, 95 and 100 points in its first three games – the first time the Bulldogs scored 90 or more three times in a row since 2006. That season, the Bulldogs defeated Gardner-Webb, 96-67, on Dec. 2; No. 16 Gonzaga, 96-83, on Dec. 16; and Jacksonville, 93-77, on Dec. 19.

Edwards, Wheeler Named SEC FOTW

Anthony Edwards and Sahvir Wheeler were named SEC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 1 and Dec. 23, respectively.

Edwards was selected by the league – and also was tabbed National Freshman of the Week by CBSsports.com – following the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Most notably, he poured in 37 points against No. 3 Michigan State on Nov. 26, including a 33-point explosion in the second half. 

Edwards’ effort equaled the No. 11 single-game scoring tally in Georgia’s history and represented the most points by a Bulldog freshman since Jacky Dorsey scored 41 versus LSU on Jan. 20, 1975.

Wheeler was honored after he scored layups in the final five seconds of both the first and second overtime periods of UGA’s 87-85 double-OT win over SMU. He scored with four seconds remaining in the first OT to tie the score. In the second extra session, Wheeler’s layup with 1.9 seconds left supplied Georgia with the victory.

Wheeler flirted with a double-double against the Mustangs, finishing the contest with nine points and eight assists. He equaled his career-high marks for assists (eight) and steals (two) in a career-most 35 minutes of playing time.

Hammonds Hot Early, Often Against Hornets & Jackets 

Rayshaun Hammonds poured in 26 points in back-to-back games against Delaware State on Nov. 15 and Georgia Tech on Nov. 20.

Hammonds was hot from the get-go in both outings. He scored 17 first-half points versus the Hornets and followed that with 19 before intermission against the Jackets. All told, Hammonds was a combined 15-of-20 (75.0 percent) from the field in the first halves of those games.

Dogs’ Freshmen Among UGA’s Best 

Georgia’s freshman class features five of the top-100 prospects from 2019 and was consistently ranked among the nation’s top recruiting classes – No. 5 by ESPN.com, No. 6 by rivals.com and No. 10 by 247Sports.com.

Headlining the quintet is Anthony Edwards. The Atlanta native, who tabbed the nation’s best prospect by some, announced his commitment on national television on Feb. 11. He is the Bulldogs’ highest rated recruit ever. 

Dominique Wilkins was the most hyped recruit in Georgia history in 1979. Individual rankings for that class are believed to be unavailable, but it also featured future stars such as Ralph Sampson, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy, Clark Kellogg and Sam Bowie.

In the internet age, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the highest ranked player in the 247Sports.com composite to enroll at UGA at No. 12 in 2011. Louis Williams signed with the Bulldogs as the No. 6 prospect in the 2005 composite but opted to enter the NBA Draft.

The Bulldogs’ highest recruiting class ever was No. 2 in 1992 when UGA inked four top-100 prospects – Shandon Anderson, Terrell Bell, Pertha Robinson and McDonald’s All-American Carlos Strong – in the fall and added then added Cleveland Jackson, the National Junior College Player of the Year, in the spring.

Additional top classes at Georgia include those in 1979 and 1980 which featured four McDonald’s All-Americans between them – Wilkins and Terry Fair in 1979 and Vern Fleming and James Banks a year later.

UGA’s Freshman Class Also Among The Nation’s Largest

The Bulldogs’ class of nine freshmen ranks as the third-largest in D-I hoops for the 2019-20 season. 

Navy, TCU and Utah sport a nation-leading 11 freshmen on their rosters. Air Force has 10 freshmen. In addition to Georgia, Louisville also has nine freshmen.

On this list, “freshman” is defined as a player who is a freshman eligibility wise who is competing at that school for the first time this season…so there are some redshirts.

A Historic String Of Success

The Bulldogs’ five-game winning streak over Georgia Tech marks only the fifth time in 196 meetings that Georgia has captured five consecutive victories over the Jackets.

In the first 113 seasons of Georgia Basketball history, only four four-year letterwinners for the Bulldogs finished their careers with a perfect record against Georgia Tech.

That fraternity more than doubled when Mike Edwards, Turtle Jackson, Derek Ogbeide, Connor O’Neill and E’Torrion Wilridge joined the fold last year and added two more in 2019 in Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris.

It should be noted that UGA and GT played two or more times every season from 1924-82. Since then, they have met once per year, making an undefeated run a little less taxing.

Six Double-Digit Bulldogs

A half-dozen Georgia players posted double-figure scoring outputs against The Citadel on Nov. 12 – the first time six Bulldogs scored 10 or more points in just under 17 years. Anthony Edwards had 29 points; Tyree Crump and Donnell Gresham Jr. added 13 apiece; and Rayshaun Hammonds, Amanze Ngumezi and Sahvir Wheeler each chipped in 10.

Prior to that, a 92-62 win over Appalachian State on Dec. 22, 2002 was the last contest with six Bulldogs in double figures. 

Edwards, Wheeler Star In Debut

Anthony Edwards and Sahvir Wheeler poured in 24 and 19 points, respectively, in the season opener against Western Carolina on Nov. 5. Those tallies represent the second- and third-most points ever by a freshman in their Bulldog debut as outlined below.

Edwards came within a bucket of Dominique Wilkins’ school record against Troy on Nov. 30, 1979.

Since NCAA rules change to allow freshmen to compete in basketball in 1972, 23 Bulldogs have scored in double figures during their first collegiate contest at UGA. Edwards and Wheeler became the fifth set of teammates to do so.

Top Tally Debuts By UGA Freshmen 

Year       Player                                    Points

1979       Dominique Wilkins               26

2019       Anthony Edwards              24

1979       Terry Fair                               19

2019       Sahvir Wheeler                   19

1998       D.A. Layne                            18

2007       Jeremy Price                         18

2004       Sundiata Gaines                  17

2017       Rayshaun Hammonds        17

2011       Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 15

More On Edwards’ Opener

Anthony Edwards’ 24 points against Western Carolina were the most by a Bulldog in an opener in nearly two decades – since Ezra Williams’ 26 versus Furman on Nov. 16, 2001.

“B” Is For Basketball Player

You may notice on Georgia’s roster that the Bulldogs have gone away from listing traditional basketball positions of guard, forward and center.

All 15 players are now simply listed as “B” for their position…which stands for “Basketball Player.” Tom Crean is a proponent for “position-less basketball.”

“That’s what they are,” Crean said. “It’s not valid to call them centers and forwards and things like that with the way that we’re trying to play. They’re being trained as basketball players, every day. If you came out there to practice (6-11) Rodney Howard, a lot of times is doing the same things that (5-10) Sahvir Wheeler’s doing in the sense of how we train ball handling, driving, shooting…all those type of things. That’s what we’re recruiting. We’re recruiting basketball players.”

Georgia Inks Four Standouts

The Bulldogs signed four standouts to letters-of-intent during the NCAA’s early signing period, Tom Crean announced on Nov. 18. 

Georgia’s incoming recruiting class was listed at No. 24 nationally in the 247Sports.com composite rankings.

Two in-state prep prospects – Kadarius “K.D.” Johnson from Decatur and Josh Taylor from Norcross – and a pair of Eastern Florida State College teammates – Jonathan Ned and Mikal Starks – will play for the Bulldogs beginning next season. 

Taylor (6-8, 200 pounds) is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports.com and rivals.com. In national rankings, he has been tabbed as the No. 118 recruit by 247Sports.com, as well as No. 124 by rivals.com and the No. 144 in the 247Sports.com composite.

Ned and Starks are teammates at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. The 247Sports.com composite lists Starks as the No. 4 junior college prospect in the nation and Ned at No. 7.

Ned (6-9, 205) is originally from Brentwood, Calif. As a freshman at Eastern Florida State, he averaged 9.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Ned was a standout at Heritage High, where he finished second on the school’s all-time scoring list and was twice named the All-Bay Valley Athletic League’s MVP.

Starks (6-0, 175 pounds), is from Miami, Fla., and averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 assists as a freshman at Eastern Florida State. He is a product of Palmetto High, where he led the Panthers their first-ever Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) title in 2018. 

Johnson (6-1, 180) played at Southwest DeKalb High for the past three years and is at Hargrave Military Academy as a senior. He is rated as a four-star recruit by both 247Sports.com and rivals.com and ranked as the nation’s No. 78 and No. 90 prospect overall, respectively, by those services.

Bulldogs’ Schedule Is Maddening

Georgia’s 31-game regular-season slate includes 14 games against teams featured in the last preseason edition of ESPN.com’s Bracketology released on Nov. 4. 

In Athens, Georgia will entertain Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, N.C. Central and Tennessee.

The Bulldogs met Dayton and Michigan State in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and will play road games at Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU and Memphis.

Preseason Honors For Edwards

Anthony Edwards garnered an impressive list of accolades before playing his first game for the Bulldogs. Edwards was tabbed preseason All-America by at least four news entities – Sporting News (second team), CBS Sports (third team), Jon Rothstein (third team) and The Athletic (honorable mention).

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