Apr 15, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT
Georgia has lost another talent to the NBA, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope announced on Monday morning that he would be forgoing his final two seasons of college eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.
“I want to thank the University of Georgia for all it has done for me,” Caldwell-Pope said in a statement. “I want to thank my coaches, teammates and fans for the love and support.”
“It’s been a pleasure to coach Kentavious and to see him grow as both a player and a person,” head coach Mark Fox said. “I wish him nothing but success as he pursues his dreams. He will always be a part of the Georgia family.”
(CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.)
Caldwell-Pope is an intriguing prospect, as he’s long and has quite a bit of athleticism but has somewhat pigeon-holed himself as a jump-shooter. He could be a late-first rounder, but he may also drop into the second round of the draft.
The bigger concern is what happens with the Georgia program from here. The Bulldogs, who went 15-17 last season, are losing a guy that averaged 18.5 points and led the team in rebounding, steals and minutes played. With a recruiting class that doesn’t include anyone of note, it looks like it’s going to be a long 2013-2014 season for Fox.
And if the Bulldogs once again struggle, how long will it be before he’s out of a job? He’s had Travis Leslie, Trey Thompkins and Caldwell-Pope come through his program and he has just one NCAA tournament appearance to show for it despite playing in the SEC. With no promising talents in the pipeline, things are not looking good down in Athens.
You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.
- Adam Silver says raising NBA’s age limit a top priority 4
- NCAA council aims to change immediate eligibility waiver policy 0
- Reports: Missouri’s Frank Haith agrees to take the Tulsa job 11
- Kentucky’s James Young to enter the NBA Draft 0
- Jabari Parker is headed to the NBA 7
- It’s beyond time for college basketball to return to NBA’s early entry calendar 0
- Former Alabama player Devonta Pollard receiving interest from Kentucky 2
- #UMassUnited: Thousands show to support Derrick Gordon during Westboro Baptist Church protest (16)
- NCAA approves unlimited meals and snacks for Division I student-athletes (11)
- Reports: Missouri’s Frank Haith agrees to take the Tulsa job (11)
- Report: Cuonzo Martin to become the new head coach at California (10)
- Cuonzo Martin and Tennessee parting ways is good for everyone involved (9)