Mar 7, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) at the free throw line against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second half at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia defeated Kentucky 72-62. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
In a move that shocks no one, University of Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope officially declared for the NBA Draft on Monday. Caldwell-Pope is the reigning SEC Player of the Year after averaging 18.5 points per game and leading the Bulldogs in scoring, rebounding, steals, minutes, and 3-point field goals last season.
Earlier in the process, I outlined his draft position as a potential lottery pick (click here), but with his official declaration, it will be easier to get a read on where exactly he may end up. With the hometown Atlanta Hawks having two selections in the late teens/early 20’s, it is a real possibility that he could stay at home if he lasts that far into the draft.
Currently, ESPN’s Chad Ford has ranked Caldwell-Pope as the #21 overall prospect in the draft (and the #6 shooting guard), but with the measurables that he could display and workouts that will show off his raw talent, I expect his stock to soar in the coming weeks.
In the midst of a “down” period in hoops for the University of Georgia, this is certainly a player (and person) to root for.