Many draft prospects see their stock rise after strong showings in the NCAA basketball tournament each year. For Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, this was not the case. However, the Georgia native’s stock has begun to rise since the completion of his sophomore season in Athens. Caldwell-Pope was considered a lethal deep shooter coming out of high school, and many NBA experts are beginning to remember why he was such a coveted high school recruit.
Things the Draft Experts Like:
NBADraft.Net: “An offensive minded guard with very good upside as an off-ball scorer… Nice size on the perimeter and seems to have good length and frame… Possesses very smooth athleticism and is fluid in his movements… Solid leaping skills and can play above the rim… Has all the tools to be a very good shooting prospect, with size to get shots off, a high release point, a quick release and a steady follow through… Has NBA range and possesses a soft touch while also a good mid-range shooter… Has a lot of upside and confidence… Shows potential getting a step on defenders off one dribble… Fundamentally sound and competitive defender… Willing and effective rebounder.”
DraftExpress.com: “Impressive ability to put the ball in the basket off the dribble… Shows extreme ease getting separation to get off his shot from isolation situations… Able to come off screens and very effective as a floor-spacer… Has ability to create and make tough shots off the dribble… Has the size and athleticism to be a very effective defender at the wing positions… Has the tools to be an excellent defender and doesn’t appear resistant to putting in the effort.”
Draft Expert Concerns:
DraftExpress.com: “Can be naturalized by a taller and longer defender… Raw as a slasher, showing little in the way of advanced ball-handling… Doesn’t possess the strength and toughness needed to take hits around the basket and finish… Can run into trouble when defending off-ball movement or attempting to fight through screens on pick-and-rolls.”
NBADraft.Net: “Doesn’t always show good shot selection… Doesn’t react to tight defense or closeouts very well… Presses and will try to shoot himself out of slumps… Doesn’t put the ball on the floor often enough… Is not going to break down a defense off the bounce… Got to the foul line at a poor rate… Not very strong or big.”