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Another Michigan forward opts for Georgia

Mike Edwards
Mike Edwards

ATHENS - For the second straight year, the Georgia men's basketball team has reached into Michigan to get a fast-rising big man.

Michael Edwards, a 6-foot-9 forward from Westland, Mich., committed to Georgia on Monday night. Edwards announced his decision on Twitter:

The news comes almost exactly a year after Yante Maten, a post player from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., committed to Georgia. Maten ended up being the top post player off the bench for Georgia this past season, and Edwards could end up in a similar role.

Georgia assistant Jonas Hayes was the lead recruiter for both players, building an unlikely pipeline from Athens to Michigan.

Edwards, listed at 6-9 and 225 pounds, runs the court well for a player his size. He has seen his stock rise recently, drawing offers from Pittsburgh, Nebraska and other high-major schools. Georgia pushed hard for him after his visit to Athens last month.

Edwards' signature later this month would for at least the moment fill up Georgia's 13 scholarships for next year's team. But sources have said that the Bulldogs would continue to look into other possibilities, such as graduate transfers who could play right away. They would also be interested in Tevin Mack, the four-star guard who signed with VCU but has asked out of his letter-of-intent because of the coaching change.

And if mega-recruit Jaylen Brown, the star from Wheeler High School, surprises everyone and selects Georgia, the Bulldogs would find a way to fit him on the roster.

Georgia lost its starting post players, seniors Marcus Thornton and Nemanja Djurisic, so Edwards' commitment is important. He makes two true post players for next year's freshman class, joining Derek Ogbeide.

Maten projects into one of the two vacated starting post spots. The other spot remains wide open, but Edwards jumps into the pool of candidates, which also includes Ogbeide, Houston Kessler and Osahun Iduwe.