On Monday morning, Georgia sophomore forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made the decision to enter the 2013 NBA Draft.
Caldwell-Pope may not be the most well-known name within the draft class, but the 6-foot-5 sophomore forward saw a very nice increase in his stock this past season in Athens. The Bulldogs had another disappointing year, finishing the season at 15-17 overall. Their inability to break out of the bottom half of the SEC hurt Caldwell-Pope’s publicity, but his play spoke for itself and his decision to enter the draft after two seasons at Georgia really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
On the season, Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He saw increases in nearly every statistical category in his second year at the collegiate level after averaging 13.2 points per game in 2011-12.
Caldwell-Pope is a first round lock and very well could have the potential to be selected in the mid first round or late lottery portion of the draft. NBADraft.net pins Caldwell-Pope at No. 17 overall in their latest mock draft.
Caldwell-Pope is an original native of the state of Georgia and his decision to stay close and join the Bulldogs’ program back in 2011 was a huge pick-up for head coach Mark Fox. While Caldwell-Pope lived up to his hype and production for the most part, Georgia has been struggling as a team recently.
Caldwell-Pope ended his collegiate career with one of his best games in a Bulldogs’ uniform. He scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a SEC Tournament loss to LSU.
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