Georgia's basketball team did a half-mile bike sprint test at the end of a full workout during a recent summer practice.
The Bulldogs' five-star freshman Anthony Edwards did it in 50 seconds.
“Our strength coach said he'd never seen anything like it,” head coach Tom Crean said. “He never stands up (on the bike). He's so strong and powerful.”
Edwards, the consensus No. 2 recruit in the country, also posted a vertical jump of 42 inches.
“I love his attitude,” Crean said. “He's competitive. He's in the gym on his own a lot.
“This is why these eight weeks are so important to the progress of your team.”
His raw ability is emblematic of the team as a whole.
“He's got so much natural talent and so much natural strength and ability, but at the same time, there's a lot to learn,” Crean said. “We're in the third week of our summer program. It hits us every day that we've got nine new players.
“That's a tough thing but that's also a good thing in the sense that there's a lot of teaching and learning going on. There's a lot of competitiveness coming out.”
Four players graduated, two players transferred and Nicolas Claxton was drafted No. 31 overall by the Brooklyn Nets. Claxton led the team in point, rebounds, blocks and steals.
“We're learning what life is like without Nic Claxton,” Crean said. “It worked out very very well for him, but we have no way to replace that right now.
“But I love working with these guys. It's fun to be a part of it.”
Edwards is part of a recruiting class ranked among the 10 best in the country. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Atlanta was just the third five-star signee in the nearly two decades of internet rankings. The other two, South Gwinnett grad Lou Williams and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, are playing in the NBA.
Williams never played for UGA, instead going straight to the NBA when that was allowed. Caldwell-Pope played two seasons and was the SEC Player of the Year before being drafted No. 8 overall in the 2013 draft.
Edwards and junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds, a Norcross grad, could make for a dangerous pairing. Last season, when Georgia went 11-21 in Crean's first season as head coach, Hammonds was second only to Claxton with 12.1 points per game, but suffered a season-ending foot injury.