Basketball: UGA 5-star basketball recruit Kentavious Caldwell says he will visit other schools — Tennessee and FSU

UGA basketball coach Mark Fox may have to wait until the November signing period to celebrate winning the services of 5-star recruit Kentavious Caldwell of Greenville High.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound shooting guard told the AJC that he is sticking by last week’s commitment to UGA but also wants to take official visits to Tennessee and Florida State. Caldwell is considered to be the state’s top prospect entering his senior year, ranked in the nation’s top 15 by multiple recruiting services.

“I’m 100-percent going to Georgia … that’s my school, and that’s where I’m going to sign — It’s just that my family wants me to visit a couple of other schools to have something to compare to Georgia” Caldwell told the AJC. “I understand where they are coming from. They just want me to know for sure that Georgia is the No. 1 place for me, and I know it will be.”

Caldwell, who averaged 29.7 points at Greenville last season, was expected to wait closer to the November signing period to announce his college decision but picked UGA last week. He was also considering Alabama and Florida, among many others.

“When I talked with Georgia’s coaches after [Caldwell's commitment], I told them that I am going to encourage him to visit other schools, too,” Greenville coach Richard Carter said. “My No. 1 concern is for my kids. I think they need to take every opportunity to make their official visits to be able to compare the schools.”

What was the reaction by Georgia’s coaches? “They said ‘Ah, coach, kids these days don’t want to take these official visits,’” Carter said. “I said ‘Yeah, most of them may not. But that’s the not the best thing for Kentavious. He needs to take a few of his.’ Georgia has its opinion, and I have mine. They probably didn’t like hearing what I had to say, but my No. 1 interest in my kids. I want the best for my kids.”

Caldwell has said one of Georgia’s main attractions is that two of his closest friends will be playing football for the Bulldogs — former Greenville teammate Kenarious Gates signed with Georgia last year, while Wilcox quarterback Nick Marshall is an early 2011 commitment.

“What is good for [Gates and Caldwell] may not necessarily be good for Kentavious,” Carter said. “You don’t make the biggest decisions of your life just because your friends did this or that. A young man has to do what is in the best interests for his future.”

Carter wanted to make sure to point out that he is not anti-Georgia. “If Kentavious takes his visits and still wants to go to Georgia, then I will be very happy for him. Georgia is a great school and a great opportunity, and they really take care of their athletes. You can’t go wrong with Georgia … I just want him to have some other schools to compare it with, that’s all.”

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57 comments Add your comment

observor

July 30th, 2010
3:23 pm

HugoStiglitz

July 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

Hmm. Do players usually take official visits after they have already committed somewhere else? Sounds a little fishy. What happens if the elite programs start going after him?

Michael Carvell

July 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

@Hugo, there were elite programs already after him, before he picked UGA.

destin dawg

July 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

I thought high schools kids committed in the summer before senior year.. to take the pressure off, so they could concentrate on school work and enjoy their senior year and/or early enroll in college ??? Go Dawgs !!

LakeDawg

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

Sounds like his high school coach doesn’t like UGA. I know he says different, but then why the snide remark on what UGA coaches said to him when he told them he was going to recommend Caldwell take other visits.

y

July 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

Uh oh…this is not a good sign. I hope we can keep him…but he may like what he sees at FSU and UT…the facilities are way better than what we currently have. I’m really surprised this kid is not visiting top basketball programs…FSU and UT are not exactly top basketball programs…but Bruce Pearl has made UT a consistent contender as of late.

Da'reek

July 30th, 2010
3:57 pm

Are some of you illiterate? His coach and family want him to visit other schools so he can compare them to UGA — he said he will sign with UGA, he’s 100% UGA, he’s just making everyone happy. You only go through the recruiting process once. Some of you have been permanently messed up in the mind just because of Da’rick Rogers and at some point, you’re going to have to move on.

He’s all Dawg. Stop the worrying.

y

July 30th, 2010
4:09 pm

You probably said that before Rodgers jumped ship…it is not over till it is over in the world of college recruiting. If he was so firm…he would not need any visits. I dont want him to commit somewhere else but honestly UGA does not have as much to offer when compared to some of the top programs. It would not be unthinkable for him to jump ship…we are not an elite program or even a good one yet….I see all the banter but it is not warranted. We have a great deal to offer in football such as tradition, facilities, and a coach that puts players in the NFL….However, our basketball tradition is a joke and our coach has not even had a winning season yet. All this kid has is the promise that UGA will compete with him there…these other schools can show him the NCAA banners…etc. Not FSU…but UT and others have plenty to offer that we dont have….just have an uneasy feeling about this kid. I hope to be proved wrong. Go Dogs!

Billy

July 30th, 2010
4:36 pm

Won’t suprise me if he switches to FSU or UT.

H.S. Coach

July 30th, 2010
4:49 pm

You guys have very little to worry about. Kids take visits after they’ve committed all the time and 99% of them are solid with their verbal.

Alan

July 30th, 2010
5:59 pm

Typical thug.

BigDawg

July 30th, 2010
6:23 pm

Not worried about Kentavious. It’s the coach that has me concerned. Seems hell bent on insisting that he visit other schools even though he appears set on Georgia. I have a problem with his approach and reasoning behind pushing Kentavious to take other visits…against UGA coaches wishes at that. It is not about you coach…step out of the way and let this young man make his own decision.

HugoStiglitz

July 30th, 2010
8:02 pm

Michael, I was more talking about Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas, the really top tier teams. Although he has gotten interest from Ohio St and Indiana as well which are well up there. He said a few weeks ago that he hoped UNC, Duke, and Kentucky would start showing interest this month. That was shortly before he signed with UGA. I just wonder where his head is going to be if one of those teams starts coming after him hard.

Holland Bulldog

July 30th, 2010
9:12 pm

He is a teenager, who knows what he will do.
I am a Bulldogs fan, but I do agree he should take all of his visits.
We as fans sometimes forget that it is the players choice, to attend the school they believe is the best fit for them.

slick

July 30th, 2010
9:12 pm

If he looks around much he’ll see there is MUCH better out there for basketball players. Most people don’t even know uga has a basketball team.

Voice of Reason

July 30th, 2010
9:47 pm

“y” – Do you really think you are fooling people into thinking you are a DAWG! A slick juvenile perhaps, or just a jealous jerk. Peddle your “intelligence oriented” remarks somewhere they will believe it.

As for Bruce Pearl, ask him how many times he played UGA last year and how many times he won.

The coach at Greenville I am certain is not a UGA fan. If I recall correctly, Kentavious said he woke up on Saturday morning and just felt it was what he wanted to do. If it had been a school day for instance, his coach would have talked him out of it. these HS coaches have a dramatic impact on these young athletes. They also know it.

Coach Mark Fox will have a bigger impact, teach him more about the game, and send him to the NBA after winning big at UGA. Fox is building a winner, everyone knows it, and the rest of the SEC realizes there is another contender coming online on a routine basis.

“y” – It is, for real dogs, GO DAWGS!

Derrick

July 30th, 2010
10:02 pm

UGA fans crack me up. Fox goes 14-17 with two first rounders on there roster on all the sudden Fox is a great coach and building a winner. I can’t wait for the next couple years when UGA fans want Fox out because they will realize he really isn’t a good coach. HAHA

boots

July 30th, 2010
10:36 pm

If it is meant to be, he will be a Dawg. If he doesn’t want to be, then good luck to him. However, we will be excited to have him play in Athens, and Coach Fox is quickly gaining the respect of the players and national media. Good things are happening at Georgia, and there are going to be some very special seasons ahead for us.

Quantarrious

July 30th, 2010
10:40 pm

Hey Derrick…I can’t wait for Fox to start showing results with the great recruiting he’s doing. And when he does, you and slick can come back and toss my salad.

POAD

July 30th, 2010
10:42 pm

Why don’t these kids just keep their mouths shut until closer to signing day. Go see all the schools and keep a top 5. So much happens between now and when they actually put pen to paper.

POAD

July 30th, 2010
10:45 pm

Quant…. wouldn’t be be better if Derrick stired the alphabet soup your mom used to make your name?

quacktangoraneus

July 30th, 2010
10:46 pm

basketball is my favorite sport, i luv to dribble up and down the court

ryan

July 30th, 2010
10:52 pm

Its not up to the coach its not his decision its the athlete decision its whats best him and his family so the coach should stay out of it.

quacktangoraneus

July 30th, 2010
11:04 pm

quacktangoraneous gotta do what’s right for quacktangoraneous

Jason

July 30th, 2010
11:39 pm

Fox isn’t even doing great in recruiting. Caldwell picked UGA over FSU and Tenn none of the big time teams wanted him. He is the only good pick by UGA. Thornton would have gone to GT had he been able to play right away but he would have to sit out a year. I am glad he didn’t because he really isn’t that great. Those other 3* he picked up suck as well.

POAD

July 30th, 2010
11:40 pm

i got tired of hanging out on the yech blogs and thought i would see what be going on over here

Chuck Uga

July 31st, 2010
12:05 am

It will surpise me if Caldwell signs with UGA. UT is not that great of a school, but Pearl is a heck of a recruiter. Not sure why the kid is interested in FSU though. Considering how poor UGA has done keeping Georgia players while fighting an insurmountable battle against AAU coaches (who overwhelmingly do not want kids to attend UGA), I won’t be a bit surprised in he signs with Tennessee. Derrick and the other morons who post on here are wrong about Fox…he is a great coach. Problem is UGA is the hardest basketball sell in the SEC.

Chuck Uga

July 31st, 2010
12:10 am

More ignorance evident on this blog. UGA has an exceptional basketball development facility, better than UT or most other schools. Problem is the dead tradition since Harrick destroyed the momentum and an arena that needs to be torn down, not updated. Not enough seats, not loud enough and too far from a population that would sell it out. That is where the problem lies.

hmm...

July 31st, 2010
12:12 am

No problem w/ a student taking visits in itself – its a big decision – but it almost sounds like Mr. Carter is getting that AAU style recruiting payola with statements like that…

hmm...

July 31st, 2010
12:14 am

oh – and out b-ball facilities blows UT and FSU out of the water – its not even close. With the coliseum update, we will be firing on all cylinders.

DD795

July 31st, 2010
1:03 am

He needs to go to Florida and the state of Tennessee and check and see if there jails are better than Athens. I hope he goes to Georgia so he will have a chance of making the all Clarke County Jail team.

mjb58

July 31st, 2010
6:14 am

Funny how no one talks about the kid getting a good education. Nevermind……. he probably thinks dog really is spelled dawg.

ugag is irrelevant

July 31st, 2010
6:18 am

one trip to chapel hill, lexington, or just about anywhere else and he’ll never return home …. no reason to go to a nothing school with nothing going on when he can go somewhere people have actually heard of

BobDawg

July 31st, 2010
7:51 am

“Chuck UGA” – Check out the refurbished Stegausaurous this winter and then tell me about the facility.. will look like a Pro Arena after all the work is done… I like having a Historial building that gets loud…Just the fact that everyone is talking aboout UGA on BBall tells me there is a New Sheriff in town…

Michael

July 31st, 2010
8:01 am

Best interests? Then just go to Duke. Top team, top academics, top practice competition, constant TV exposure.

Reality Bites

July 31st, 2010
8:27 am

Comon pig farmers…if he is really that good, you’ll only have him one year anyway….chillax….Anyone seen my red panites?

T.O

July 31st, 2010
8:28 am

Hate to break it to you but in the world of college basketball this H.S coach gets a little something from the coaches at UT and FSU if his kid comes out for a visit. Very selfish move but these H.S coaches definitely take advantage when one of their guys is getting heavily recruited.

quacktangoraneus

July 31st, 2010
8:40 am

the stink of it was he can’t go to his left

big dawg

July 31st, 2010
9:46 am

The facilities at UGA are fantastic. Basketball has added so much as of late. They have brand new state of the art practice facilities and Stegman is getting a huge makeover in which it will look like an NBA facility. UGA has a great new, young coach and is on the rise. Keep your word, keep your commitment and come to Georgia

RC

July 31st, 2010
10:42 am

Sounds like somebody is on the take from UT and/or FSU, and has a signing bonus hanging in the balance here. At the very least he’s got some serious credibility issues at stake after likely promising to deliver his stud to the appropriate doorstep.

POAD

July 31st, 2010
12:40 pm

BobDawg don’t say UGA and Sheriff in the same sentence or we will get the right idea abouts the players.

Dawg Tired

July 31st, 2010
1:53 pm

Why do I not believe the coach’s real concern is what is best for his kids?

Tom T.

July 31st, 2010
2:48 pm

It sounds like Coach Carter wants a little soething from these other schools and has not had his 15 minutes of fame. The kid made his mind up and it is his choice to follow his buddies, not to have his coach tell him that his choice is wrong for the wrong reasons. I am not so worried that he goes somewhere else, but I would keep an eye on coach Carter. Lets see if he goes on these visits with Kentavious. He sounds a little slighted.

Tdawg

July 31st, 2010
3:55 pm

y, please explain to me exactly what it is that Tennessee and FSU has to offer that Georgia doesn’t. I see no basketball national championship banners hanging from the rafters at either of these schools. I mean can you get a better education at these schools? Please, don’t even go that route. Yea Tennessee and FSU can field a decent team every now and then when they are able to recruit out of state talent. These schools have no better basketball tradition than Georgia has. Oh sure they’ve been better than the dawgs lately but that is about to change. Tennessee is crapping on themselves now because the gravey train to Tennessee of Georgia kids is about to come to a screaching halt.

Tdawg

July 31st, 2010
3:59 pm

Reality Bites, yea I found them. Your wife left them in my back seat.

POAD

July 31st, 2010
5:04 pm

TDAWG it is easy! What do the other schools have over UGA? UGA has the smallest student population of african americans. The Black population at UGA is 83% athletes. Well, if you are black stupid and not that great at sports, then what inroads did you make for your future outside of sports? I don’t see a great deal of the 100 Blackmen as UGA grads compared to other schools. Now do you get why UGA is a White Southern Plantation acting as a State University?

HugoStiglitz

July 31st, 2010
5:16 pm

Tdawg, im with you on FSU, the only real reason to go there would be that you would be on TV alot. Tennessee has some advantages though. One, they have a well known and proven coach. Two, they have been to the NCAA tournament 5 times in a row, with 3 sweet 16’s, and an elite 8. Also, they have a great basketball fanbase. Last year their attendance was ranked 4th in the country. UGA was ranked 79th. So its not much of a traditional view but a view that Tennessee really seems to have their stuff together right now.

Dawg'88

July 31st, 2010
5:27 pm

Tennessee this and Tennessee that…Didn’t an undermanned UGA blow out that “stuff together” program this year? Doesn’t that mean that UGA is getting its “stuff together” to hammer this power? Power? Yeah right!

Dawg'88

July 31st, 2010
5:33 pm

POAD….Pissed Off And Delusional.

Your opinion is w/o merit!

Delbert D.

July 31st, 2010
5:34 pm

His name backwards is Suoivatnek. He might pass for a Ukrainian or Czech.