BASKETBALL: One of nation’s top shooting guards COMMITS to UGA

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.

Now it’s YOUR turn. What are you THOUGHTS on UGA’s Mark Fox landing Kentavious Caldwell? Please post below.

Related: Take a look at an early UGA football commitment, North Paulding WR Chris Conley. He’s one of the candidates for the AJC’s Super 11 (click here)

183 comments Add your comment

Joe

July 18th, 2010
5:08 pm

Gtu has had 30 years to become a basketball power. They have failed to ever do it. UGA has finally hired a guy who can coach, recruit and will stay in Athens for a long time.

Not going to say that UGA is going to win any national titles, but Fox is already proving, in a very short time, that UGA is going to be an NCAA tourney team for the foreseeable future.

Courtney

July 18th, 2010
5:12 pm

Fox is doing a great job, but that means he will probably be lured away to Kentucky one day.

renegade#1

July 18th, 2010
5:16 pm

not first. Way to go Ga. keep them home boys home.

POAD

July 18th, 2010
5:16 pm

OK good for the young man. Get your Drivers license before you get Chit faced drunk and drive around Athens. Don’t let the KITTY CAT make you hold the Pudding Wrapper when the cops pull you over.

Joe

July 18th, 2010
5:18 pm

Good one, Courtney. UK will be on probation for 7-10 years immediately following Calipari’s departure. Everyone knows that.

POAD

July 18th, 2010
5:18 pm

JOE how is this GTU you speak of? Do you mean the Institute of Benge Drinking and Blonde Bimbos aka UGA. I have never heard of a school called GTU.

POAD

July 18th, 2010
5:19 pm

sorry Joe that is WHO is this GTU?

maconga

July 18th, 2010
5:20 pm

Fox is really heating things up in Athens. New & improved players in a new & improved Steg should make for a nice home court advantage. Let’s sale out UT & UK with lots of red & black & VERY LITLLE orange & blue!!

Turnt_UP!

July 18th, 2010
5:22 pm

Joe, just curious, who is Gtu? Are you referring to the Georgia Institute of Technology? more affectionately known as Georgia Tech? You should know that GT fanbase was disappointed with just being a “tourney team” this year. UGA football has shown me not to get too excited about recruiting success until it actually translates on the field/courts into championships. 1980 is so long ago when you look at the amazing recruiting classes they have brought in, and most recently under a good coach in Mark Richt. Food for thought…

POAD

July 18th, 2010
5:23 pm

MACONGA: Is that Red panties off a white chick sitting beside a married Black man?

HugoStiglitz

July 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

This is a good pickup for the Dawgs. It will give them a good scoring threat that they will need after Thompkins and Leslie bolt for the NBA.

Stephon Marbury

July 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

POAD, GTU is when I went to “college” for a year, remember? They have great academicals.

Silver Creek Dawg

July 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

POAD and Turnt_UP,

Go Youtube Stephon Marbury’s televised commitment to Tech. Then you’ll know who GTU is.

POAD

July 18th, 2010
5:27 pm

MACONGA I know the LESS Orange and Blur are the colors of Jalhouse Uniforms your players like to have hanging around their thighs or knees.

Ben

July 18th, 2010
5:27 pm

Poad……you, sir, are an idiot.

The Fixer

July 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation Kentavious!! We can’t wait to see you lace em up in the Red & Black!!

POAD

July 18th, 2010
5:33 pm

I heard a former uga player call the school an institution of higher learning. just because a dumb butt former player of Tech or uga says something about the Institute or the University does not make it true. Hell OBAMA says he is Black, but he emerged from a WHITE womb and was raised by White grand parents.

Left to Right

July 18th, 2010
5:33 pm

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

POAD

July 18th, 2010
5:33 pm

Thanks BEN DOVER & hold your ankles. I love you longtime buddy.

DoctorJ

July 18th, 2010
5:34 pm

Hey, Joe, I’ll tell you what I tell everyone else who claims Calipari will get UK on probation. Hold your breath, starting right now, and only start breathing again when the NCAA probation actually occurs. If it’s soon, you’ll be all right. If it never happens, we’ll be rid of another mindless complainer who is no great loss…

j

July 18th, 2010
5:36 pm

Jealous tech fans. LOL

UGADawgs1

July 18th, 2010
5:37 pm

Welcome Kentavious! Can’t wait for you to join that long lost if alcohol-related arrests by UGA student-athletes!

JEWELL ROLLEN

July 18th, 2010
5:45 pm

KID GOT NBA RANGE ON HIS JUMPER. CONGRATS COACH FOX.

GO JACKETS 21

July 18th, 2010
5:46 pm

Kid is playing in a weak league…I really dont think he is THAT good. But still a good pickup..He is definitley a sharp shooter..Can’t handle the ball very well if you watch other videos and read his scouting report. I think Brian Oliver is a better shooter. But I could definitley be wrong!

Go Jackets!

POAD

July 18th, 2010
5:48 pm

being real I do hope the young man has a good career at UGA nad does well in life too. Sorry just poking fun at the dawgs. His Vid is impressive.

Worm

July 18th, 2010
5:50 pm

Probably back handed good news for Tech..They’ll eat his salary which most GT folks will approve!..Can’t have UGA dominating in-state recruiting and better coaching..Mark Price needs to rescue them!

rjmdawg

July 18th, 2010
5:52 pm

Hey Poad (or maybe Chode might be more fitting)… were you dropped on your head several times as a young child?

T.O

July 18th, 2010
5:54 pm

Fox is building a top 25 hoops team in Athens! Now we’re going to own Tech in football and basketball.

Greenville Dawg

July 18th, 2010
5:59 pm

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Big Dawg Bball

July 18th, 2010
6:03 pm

Welcome Kentavious and way to go Coach Fox and UGA!! It’s going to be great to have relevant bball in Athens again. Coach Fox is the Man!!

Greenville Dawg

July 18th, 2010
6:05 pm

Too much beer on a sunday after a braves big win. C’mon fans, let’s get rid of the racist comments…The young men we cheer for at every event are for the most part black. Except for baseball. Let’s get into 2010 and GO DAWGS!!! Oh Yeah, Congrats Coach Fox And welcome to the Bulldawg Nation Kentavious!!! Your jump shot looks awesome!!!

harold

July 18th, 2010
6:05 pm

SHOCKED BECAUSE GEORGIA ISN’T AS COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL AS TENNESSEE!

willie

July 18th, 2010
6:07 pm

Enjoy Fox while you can, UGA boys. If he can recruit like this, he will be gone very soon to a true basketball school.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

July 18th, 2010
6:10 pm

The era of irrelevant UGA BB is over. Look out UK – there are no more cake walk BB games vs UGA.

Legend of Len Barker

July 18th, 2010
6:12 pm

@Go Jackets 21: Two players on the current Tech hoops roster played in Class A (Holsey, Reed). Another played in AA (Shew). Another (Daniel Miller), didn’t even play basketball at a GHSA school.

Guess it’s only a weak league when Georgia gets a player out of it.

DAWGSBABY

July 18th, 2010
6:13 pm

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((30-24)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((73-66)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
bahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha we kill the nerds in football and basketball!!!! we have always killed the nerds in football recruiting and the only thing the nerds had was bball recruiting!!! WELLL THATS OVER!!!!!! Heres comes a top 5 recurting class for years to come!!!! PLUS WE ACTUALLY HAVE GREAT COACHING THAT CAN POLISH OUR TALENT!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I LOVE IT!!!
WELCOME KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL!!!!!! UR GONNA LOVE IT ATHENS!!!!!!!!!!!!TOP 5 NBA DRAFT PICK!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAH IM STILL LAUGHING AT GT

ryan

July 18th, 2010
6:14 pm

What great weekend for UGA the two huge football commits and now 5star basketball player i do not want here people say he is thug he good kid i guess everyone heard about 11 players arrested at Norte Dame Nick Montana and Tie Ler Jones busted .

Anson in Rex

July 18th, 2010
6:15 pm

Someone did a great psych job on this kid. Either he’s blissfully unaware that he’ll be playing with a group of illiterate goons, or he picked UGA knowing that he could party away four years and get his street creds with a couple of arrests.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 18th, 2010
6:15 pm

POAD equals douchebag. get a life seriously, UGA lands a solid commit and yet your 2 yr old childish self is on here talking smack.

Michael

July 18th, 2010
6:20 pm

Excitement over a high school junior. Losers.

WOW!

July 18th, 2010
6:20 pm

POAD, The chode who attended Kennesaw so he is not even liked by the fanbase of the team he chooses to support, Georgia Tech. To Tech people, you are just one of the Wal-Mart sidewalk fans they despise so much.

So sad for you little man.

HOG EATER

July 18th, 2010
6:22 pm

can he read and write?

destin dawg

July 18th, 2010
6:29 pm

great !!!! Dawgs will have a Dream Team in BBall too….. Athens = best college town in USA !!!! Goo Dawgs !!!

ryan

July 18th, 2010
6:30 pm

You know living in Atlanta is not safe getting shot at and the GT campus is not safe ether so to sit there bash Athens all day long has no clout.

destin dawg

July 18th, 2010
6:32 pm

Man these Tech haters are pathetic !!!!

Delbert D.

July 18th, 2010
6:37 pm

“Gtu has had 30 years to become a basketball power.”

The Graduate Theological Union doesn’t focus on basketball as much as they could.

Football Fan

July 18th, 2010
6:41 pm

Thank God Damon Evans hired Mark Fox before he decided to collect red panties.

ryan

July 18th, 2010
6:43 pm

Well said destin dawgs its just jealousy that we kick there butt every year and then they put these kindergarten comments up.

Madison

July 18th, 2010
6:43 pm

This kid does have a sense of humor.

“Georgia is a great school for academics and athletics.”

Delbert D.

July 18th, 2010
6:46 pm

Madison – That’s code for saying, ” I can skate through this place.”