MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves picked Anthony Edwards with their No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Edwards is a 6-foot-5 freshman shooting guard from Georgia. He finished his high school career at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in his hometown of Atlanta, where he was rated a consensus five-star recruit and one of the best players in the 2019 class. As a senior, he earned McDonald's All-American and USA Today All-USA first team honors. At Georgia, he was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Edwards turned 19 in August. Edwards chose the Bulldogs over offers from Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
The 19-year-old native of Atlanta will be expected to start alongside center Karl-Anthony Towns and point guard D'Angelo Russell for a Wolves team that finished 19-45 last season.
Edwards becomes the 11th straight one-and-done player to be the No. 1 pick. He averaged 19.1 points for the Bulldogs, tops among all freshman.
With their 17th pick in the first round, the Timberwolves reacquired Ricky Rubio after trading that pick to the Oklahoma Thunder, according to the AP.
Rubio spent six seasons with Minnesota — averaging 10.3 points and 8.5 assists per game — before being traded to the Utah Jazz in 2017. The veteran guard played in 65 games with the Phoenix Suns last season, but was traded to Oklahoma earlier this week in a deal involving Chris Paul.
The NBA Draft is usually held in June in New York, but this year Commissioner Adam Silver made the picks from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
The draft was delayed multiple times from its usual June spot because of the coronavirus pandemic.