Bulldogs sign three basketball players

News from the first day of college basketball’s early signing period:

Georgia received signed letters of intent Wednesday from three players who previously had committed to the Bulldogs: 6-6 guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Greenville (Ga.) High, 6-10 forward Tim Dixon of Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian School and 7-foot center John Florveus of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.

Caldwell-Pope is rated the third best shooting guard in the nation and 11th best overall prospect by Rivals.com. He averaged 29.7 points per game for Greenville last season.

Dixon transferred to Oldsmar after playing three seasons at Kendrick High in Columbus, where he averaged 16.1 points, 11 rebounds and 6.4 blocks per game last season.

Florveus averaged four points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a freshman at Hillsborough last season.

The three players will join the Bulldogs for the 2011-12 season. Caldwell-Pope and Dixon are currently entering their high-school senior seasons and Florveus his second season of junior-college ball.

Here are comments from Georgia coach Mark Fox on each player:

  • On Caldwell-Pope: “Kentavious has a terrific future ahead of him. We’re really excited about his ability to score from the perimeter. It’s easy to see by his ability and his skills that he’s been very well-coached.”
  • On Dixon: “We’re very excited to have signed Tim, and we think he has a bright future ahead of him. He’s got great length and athleticism with a good, sound set of offensive skills.”
  • On Florveus: “John is a long, athletic player who is really quick on his feet, and he runs the floor extremely well. We’re excited about adding a player of his size and potential.”


Also Wednesday, Georgia’s women’s basketball program signed Erika Ford, a 5-9 guard from Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta.

A three-year starter for Chattahoochee and a Class AAAAA all-state player as both a sophomore and a junior, she has been rated the nation’s No. 8 guard prospect and No. 55 overall prospect by All Star Girls Report.

UGA coach Andy Landers on Ford: “Erika is someone who has been on our radar for quite some time. We’re extremely pleased that she is going to be part of our basketball program. Erika has terrific athleticism, great quickness and tremendous defensive abilities, along with an aggressive slashing offensive game.”

46 comments Add your comment

Billy O

November 10th, 2010
9:32 pm

Congrats guys…welcome to Athens.


November 10th, 2010
9:34 pm

So what’s the story on the name change to Caldwell-Pope? Hope he’ll stick around for more than a year or two.


November 10th, 2010
9:46 pm

This is the beginning of some perceived great years ahead. CMF has this long needed program headed in the right direction and this year is going to be exciting!
Congratulations to these young men and to Coach Fox. GO DAWGS!

Upstate Dawg

November 10th, 2010
10:03 pm

Good news keeps on coming for the BasketBulldogs. Congratulations & good luck.


November 10th, 2010
10:13 pm

Some Tall Boys.


November 10th, 2010
10:40 pm

Great to see local talent stay instate and commit to UGA. Some of these other defectors will see they should have stayed home and supported the local teams. We have some good programs in the state and it would be very beneficial if the kids took some pride in building up these programs instead of leaving the state.Welcome to UGA guys and good luck.


November 10th, 2010
10:51 pm


Stuck in Columbia

November 10th, 2010
10:59 pm


November 10th, 2010
11:09 pm

Is that the same John Florveous that selected UGa over Canisius and Duquesne? Nice pick up…….


November 10th, 2010
11:12 pm

Two great Marks (Fox & Richt)! http://www.wedgeorgia.com


November 10th, 2010
11:14 pm

Congrats coach on bringing the excitement back for B-Ball.

Monroe's first Redcoat

November 10th, 2010
11:21 pm

damn, them’s some tall fellers………nice pickups, CMF!!!!

Saint Simons

November 10th, 2010
11:25 pm

(((( 34 – 31 ))))



November 10th, 2010
11:38 pm

Need a great forward or two and we’ll have an incredible class! It’s not too late for some players to jump on Mark Fox’s wagon. It’s going places. I haven’t been this excited about UGA basketball since Tubby Smith left.


November 11th, 2010
12:32 am

Hey St. Simons, this is a basketball column and post, you
“jack wagon”. Did your parents have any children that lived ??


November 11th, 2010
12:45 am

Looks like a ” ONE AND DONE ” to me.


November 11th, 2010
1:12 am

go bulldogs homegrown talent


November 11th, 2010
3:38 am

Please tell St. Simons that his beloved team is far worse than previously thought. Now, the Heisman hopeful (NOT!!!) is out with a broken arm (did that really matter?)

George Dawg

November 11th, 2010
6:04 am

These players that leave Georgia to play instead of picking Georgia or Tech need to realize that if they plan to live and work in Georgia (most don’t play pro) are hurting their carreer after sports. If they are the home state hero or maybe not quite they’ll always be remembered and be beloved. Another out of state school it’s like “oh yea I think I heard of you” I don’t mean this as sour grapes and certainly good luck to our Georgia kids whereever they go. Anyone agree/disagree.
Saint Simons you’re a piece of work. What in the world is up with you?


November 11th, 2010
6:50 am

George dawg………you need to get out more! What, you think that this state only get transients relocating from other states. It happens all day ever day. These kids have a right to play/live whereever they feel is appropriate for themselves.


November 11th, 2010
6:51 am

Whether it’s a good decision or bad, it their decision.


November 11th, 2010
6:54 am

Why should they be obligated to limited there choices to play for a college here in the state of Ga.?

Dawg house

November 11th, 2010
7:55 am

I think St. Simons is a Yankee – very obnoxious and needs to go back north.

destin dawg

November 11th, 2010
8:00 am

Tubby Smith is still sorry he left UGA… Parade mag says.. ” Great education plus big time sports ” in Athens, a great college town…. Newton would have been kicked out of UGA… felonies and traffic tickets.. cheatiing in school.. at Fla.. now that’s a thug.. NOT including the recent ” play for pay “.. watch his interview.. Liar !! Go dawgs !!!


November 11th, 2010
8:43 am

That’s a Big-Time Class we just signed for a team which is already loaded. They fit the specific needs of this roster, rounding out a deep team for 2010-2011, put Georgia on the relevant map for men’s basketball, may upstage the women’s basketball program finally, play in “historic” Stegosaurus cow palace, make Mark Fox look great in recruiting, don’t need a lot of excuses and lies said about them being great, get after it from the beginning of the game, are exciting, have had no bad press, and will be significantly better than the football team at this football school intent on settling for being # 16 in the nation for current coach at current school in Win Percentage intent on settling for all the off field issues of which no school has been worse and intent on settling for being the # 20 program in the nation in wins the last 5 years averaging 10-wins a season with 25 other programs.

Mark Fox has it going on. Why is that ?


November 11th, 2010
8:50 am

Welcome to UGA and Athens !

Should be a good season for both mens and womens basketball teams.

Since Vince

November 11th, 2010
8:59 am

This season in BB is already OVA too.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

November 11th, 2010
9:02 am

But those big recruits are getting away in basketball just like in football. Thats two Marks against UGA !


November 11th, 2010
9:07 am

No, they are not getting away from Mark Fox

Look again at above and the team

We have the talent

70 Dawg

November 11th, 2010
9:11 am

Saint Simons is a Yellow Jacket living thru the Gators. BTW:


November 11th, 2010
9:17 am

Sounds like Caldwell-Pope will be a “one and done”. The 11th best player in the country will be a sure NBA first rounder after his Freshman year. Unless, of course, he falls flat on his face, which I doubt.

Bill Stanfill

November 11th, 2010
9:21 am

One thing to remember here is that Nick Marshall is deadset on playing basketball at UGA. Because he’s going to try to do both basketball and football, he was, out of necessity, put on a football scholarship.

He is just as much a wizard on the court as he is on the gridiron and is rated a 4-star basketball prospect.

Right now, we just need to to get Trey Thompkins healthy. And keep an eye on transfer Gerald Robinson–he’s going to add streaking speed to this year’s tean and is going to be a lot of fun to watch.


November 11th, 2010
10:00 am

You can tell Georgia is having a awful football season when the headline two days before the Auburn football game is about basketball recruiting.


November 11th, 2010
10:23 am

After UGA lost the first three conf. games which they could have won I stated that they will beat someone that there not suppose to this year. Auburn I believe your the one. If Saint Simons is a living child he is on his last leg. The reason there is so many Tech fans on here at times they really don’t have any thing to talk about at there school and there are just envious.


November 11th, 2010
10:39 am

Georgia picked up some good players for their team. I’m a GT alum and still glad to see Ga improve in BB. I think Fox will build a strong program.


November 11th, 2010
11:03 am

Three more thug wannabes in Athens.


November 11th, 2010
12:01 pm

…Thanks for the classy comments JD…. When is Tech’s building going to be done??
I’m so glad we are renovating The Steg and not tearing it down…. Bigger/newer isn’t always “BETTER”…
I’ve heard that the new Cowboys stadium is very quiet and like a Cavern….. the Steg is loud and will just be great with the renovations…..

Dogs Smell

November 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

OMG !!!! Who knew Ga had a basketball team? I thought that barn was part of the agricultural dept.

Dogs Smell

November 11th, 2010
1:17 pm

Hoe can “The Steg” be loud with 50 people inside with Nothing to cheer about?


November 11th, 2010
1:44 pm

Wish GT BB looked as promising as what UGA is building up in Athens. You guys got one heck of a coach in MF. Good luck to you guys this year, except when you play Tech.


November 11th, 2010
2:43 pm

….I like that…The Barn… good character…. Tech should have an 8-9 year winning streak against us with the teams we have fielded since Jirsa ,Harrick & Felton were here but it hasn’t happened…. It’s about to get ugly for Tech….

Dogs Smell

November 11th, 2010
2:58 pm

Hasnt it been ugly for Ga over the past 20 or more years?

Answer this GT Fans

November 11th, 2010
4:16 pm


Answer this GT Fans

November 11th, 2010
4:17 pm

Don’t worry NERD fans you all still have the best dressed coach in the ACC – PHewitt


November 11th, 2010
4:32 pm

At 5-9 Erika Sounsd like she is BUILT FORD TOUGH.


November 11th, 2010
10:33 pm

One skinny 5 star and two lowly rated big men only qualifies as a great class for a team like THUGA. Fox has won nothing, losing record last year and ave recruiting class. Hewitt is the best dressed coach in america and with all his flaws he still has taken GT to the big Dance fairly often, competing in the best BB conferance. GT is not worried about the Dawg doo’s. We will do our BB talking at AMC on dec 7 and in FB on Nov 27 in the sess pool. 2 out of the last 3 in BB and FB baby. Bank it!