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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

  • Full Name: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 204
  • Birthdate: February 18, 1993
  • College: Georgia
Detroit Pistons Round 1: Pick 8

- Eighth Pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Draft Interview: Caldwell-Pope
- NBA Style: Caldwell-Pope

- Versatile offensive player
- Much-improved 3-point shooter
- Good free-throw shooter
- Good rebounder for his position

- Ball handling
- Passing skills
- Has to gain size and strength

NBA projection
Some mock drafts have KCP going as high as the middle of the first round. But some NBA scouts aren’t so sure he’ll be taken that high. But there’s no question Caldwell-Pope has the ability to score at the next level.

2012-13 Season
Caldwell-Pope was the first Georgia player since Dominique Wilkins in 1981 to sweep the two major player-of-the-year awards in the Southeastern Conference (league coaches, Associated Press). He ranked among SEC leaders in nine of 13 categories while leading the Bulldogs in scoring in 29 of 32 games and in rebounding 16 times.

Key statistics
18.5 ppg | 7.1 rpg | 1.8 apg | 2.0 tpg | 2.0 spg | 33.9 mpg | .433 FG |.373 3PT | .799 FT

Cool statistic
Caldwell-Pope was one of only nine players in Division I to reach double-figure scoring in every game this season.

Reminds me of...
Terrence Ross

What Insiders Say
Georgia coach Mark Fox
“Ken is an NBA player. But he’s going to have to get stronger. And he’s going to have to learn the NBA game and its nuances. If he gets drafted by a team that will allow him to do that, he’ll have a good career.”

What Outsiders Say
Alabama coach Anthony Grant
“He’s tough to defend because of his ability to create his own shot as well as get shots out of their offense. He’s explosive in transition. He rebounds, and typically he’s guarding the best player on the other side of the ball as well.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.