Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox got some good news after one of the program’s most heralded recruits in years met NCAA college entrance requirements.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the UGA 5-star recruit from Greenville (Ga.) High School, has qualified academically and is already listed in UGA’s student directory. There were academic concerns about Caldwell-Pope when he signed with the Bulldogs last November.
“Yes, he did qualify, he made it,” Greenville coach Richard Carter told the AJC. “It was just a matter of Kentavious getting serious in the classroom, buckling down and doing what he needed to do.
“He had a complete turnaround this year, as far as his schoolwork, and his attitude toward schoolwork. He did it right — that’s the bottom line. He worked really hard and did it right. I’m very proud for this young man.”
The 6-foot-6, 17o-pound shooting guard is ranked as the No. 11 player in the nation by Scout.com. Georgia had a major advantage in recruiting Caldwell-Pope with two of his close friends at UGA — freshman offensive lineman Kenarious Gates from Greenville and AAU buddy Nick Marshall, who has signed to play football and basketball for the Bulldogs. Kentavious and Marshall had a legendary showdown in the state basketball playoffs.
Losing Caldwell-Pope, clearly the crown jewel in this year’s recruiting class, would’ve been a devastating blow for Georgia, which is already reeling from a pair of NBA defections. The presence of Caldwell-Pope will at least provide some hope for the future, if not more.
Georgia’s other four 2011 basketball signees are all big guys from out of state: Nemanja Djurisic (3 star), a 6-7 forward from South Kent, Conn.; Tim Dixon (2 star), a 7-foot center from Oldsmar, Fla.; John Cannon (2 star), a 6-10 center from Burnsville, N.C.; John Florveus (not ranked), a 7-footer from Tampa.
Caldwell-Pope will report to Georgia next week to begin summer classes, according to his coach. “His grandmother said they are having a little graduation dinner for Kentavious on Sunday and then he’ll head on over to Athens.”
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