Greenville High’s Kentavious Caldwell, who is considered one of the nation’s top 15 basketball prospects by multiple recruiting services, has committed to Georgia.
The 6-foot-6, 185-pound shooting guard picked the Bulldogs over Tennessee and Florida State, while also considering Florida and Alabama. Last year as a junior, Caldwell averaged 29.7 points for the Greenville Patriots, which play in Georgia’s smallest division (Class A).
“When I woke up on Saturday morning, it just felt like the right thing to do,” Caldwell told the AJC. “Georgia is a great school for academics and athletics. It felt like the right moment to commit, so I called Georgia and told them that I was coming.”
“It took awhile to reach Coach [Mark Fox] because I think he was traveling. He was really excited about my decision. I’m glad to get it out of the way because I didn’t want to feel all the recruiting pressure during my senior year of high school.”
Greenville High basketball coach Richard Carter ranks Caldwell as the “probably the best” he’s ever had in 40 years of coaching high school basketball at several schools.
“I put him at the top because of his ability to shoot the basketball and defend,” Carter said. “It’s kind of like one of the coaches from Kansas told me — the difference between Kentavious and other two-guards is that [Caldwell] can come off screens and shoot, and Kenatavious can put it on the foor and take it to the basket. It’s not like he just sits out there on the wing and fires away. He can do it all when it comes to creating unique ways to score.”
Carter said that Caldwell’s friendship with two future UGA football players likely played a major factor into his college decision. Caldwell played football and basketball at Greenville last year with offensive lineman Kenarious Gates, who switched from Kentucky to Georgia after a last-minute football offer from the Bulldogs. Caldwell plays on the same AAU team with Wilcox County’s Nick Marshall, who has committed to Georgia on a football scholarship and will walk on the school’s basketball team.
“I think it really helped make the decision easier that two of his good friends are going there,” Carter said. “Anybody wants to be where their friends are. Believe it or not, that’s a very powerful [connection].”
While at Alabama’s Valley High, Carter’s basketball pupils included Stanley Jackson (played for NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and now works in team’s front office), Marcus Pollard (NFL Pro Bowl tight end who played 15 seasons, including 2009 with the Atlanta Falcons) and John Copeland (member of Alabama’s 1992 national championship football team, No. 5 overall pick of 1993 NFL Draft).
“Kentavious is probably the best I’ve ever coached, and I’ve coached some really great ones,” Carter said.
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