Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Lighting It Up at McDonald's AA Game Practice

Despite a lackluster showing last night in the Powerade Jam Fest 3-point shootout, according to Rivals.com analyst Jerry Myer, Caldwell-Pope has consistently been the best shooter at the event. This really isn't news if you've followed the recruitment of the Greenville native, as he's always been considered one of the best all-around shooters in his class.

What hasn't been so talked up has been his ability to finish at the rim. This is what Meyer had to say of KCP's workout on Sunday:

"...Generally considered more of a shooter, he's a lot more clever and effective off the bounce than people might think. His lateral quickness and instincts are big assets." - Meyer's Sunday practice recap

I'm expecting really big things from Caldwell-Pope. Probably too much honestly, but I feel like this kid may be the key for the 2011-12 campaign, especially if Travis and or Trey hang around. Elite guards can take over games, regardless of the quality of post play, which is why I feel we could be even better next year. 

I know that might be a reach, but we don't have any players that allow us to stretch the defense on the perimeter. Yes, I know that Ware has developed into a tremendous shooter from the outside, but his overall athleticism doesn't scare the opponent and he's not that great of a defender. And trust me, I've become one of the biggest Dustin Ware fans you'll find- he makes fantastic decisions with the ball and his top-10 ranking in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio is something you can't argue with. 

But back to Caldwell-Pope, he's good off the bounce, can move, and is deadly from outside with a very quick release. All of this adds up to something we haven't had in a very long time in Athens. Hopefully the other pieces will come together, along with maybe one more surprise (Mr. Ware), and next year will be yet another improvement. Even with the possible departures, I'm optimistic about the possibilities that next year may hold.


  1. Kevin here:
    If Leslie stays, does UGA go small ball and play 4 "guards" and 1 big? Ware, Robinson, Caldwell-Pope and Leslie? Or is Robinson/Ware all of a sudden a bench player? What's your thoughts?

  2. caldwell-pope will average 20 or more!!