UPDATED: Basketball star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope cleared by NCAA

ATHENS — Georgia received good news from the NCAA on Tuesday. Five-star freshman basketball player  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was cleared to compete in the 2011-12 season.

Caldwell-Pope, a 6-foot-6 wing player from Greenville, Ga., was being investigated for receiving improper benefits from a person in Columbus involved with AAU basketball and the local parks and recreation department.

“I am pleased that the situation regarding Kentavious’ eligibility has been resolved,” Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox said. “Kentavious can now put these issues behind him and focus on becoming a better student-athlete. We can all move forward in our preparations for the coming season.”

A police investigation in Columbus alleged that that an unauthorized bank account controlled by Columbus parks and recreation director Tony Adams and his associate Herman Porter paid for the cell phone bill of Caldwell-Pope’s mother. Both Caldwell-Pope and junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones — who had two round-trip flights to Los Angeles paid from the account — played AAU basketball for the Georgia Blazers, a “city-funded, Nike-sponsored” group.

Jones’ issue was investigated separately by UGA. He also had his eligibility restored shortly before the football season began.

Georgia would not comply with the AJC’s request to see the NCAA’s report, citing federal privacy laws protecting student-athletes. However, sources familiar with the situation indicate that Caldwell-Pope made restitution for the benefits he received — reportedly $280.90 — and therefore was able to have his eligibility restored.

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity was very happy with the outcome.

“You just don’t know how these things will turn out,” he said. “All you can do is do the background work, get to the bottom of everything, investigate, report it and then you receive whatever determination by the NCAA. At the end of the day, it’s good for Kentavious. Now they can move forward and no issues.”

McGarity said he once again employed the services of Mike Glazier of the lawfirm of Bond, Schoeneck & King to lead their investigation.

Caldwell-Pope is the highest-profile member of the Bulldogs’ five-member 2011 signing class. The five-star prospect, who was ranked the No. 3 small forward in country by Scout, averaged 30 points per game over his last two seasons at Greenville. Georgia will be counting on him to help fill the scoring void left with the loss of last year’s leading scorers, Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, to the NBA draft.

28 comments Add your comment

First

September 20th, 2011
1:48 pm

First

September 20th, 2011
1:48 pm

Wow! that was my first “first” ever! And first Second!

DawginLex

September 20th, 2011
1:54 pm

Good news.

I met Coach Fox at Fan Day.

Seems like a great guy. It was amazing the difference in the size of the line for the football players versus the basketball players.

Up here, the football players would have been able to leave early and the basketball players would need extra room for the line.

1eyedJack

September 20th, 2011
2:01 pm

DawginLex, that’s ’cause Kentucky is backwards.

Roaddawg80

September 20th, 2011
2:01 pm

Good news for the Dawgs! After last year I have gotten excited about the basketball team again and I think Fox is the real deal. I just hope we can hang on to him. GO DAWGS!

WDE

September 20th, 2011
2:02 pm

Congrats young man welcome to the Bull Dog Nation.

IndianaDawg

September 20th, 2011
2:04 pm

Great news for him! Kid’s going to tear it up this season. Go Dawgs!

DawginLex

September 20th, 2011
2:08 pm

1eyed

UK’s fanbase is hacked off right now I do know that.

Dogs Smell

September 20th, 2011
2:16 pm

GA and basketball should never be mentioned.

DawginLex

September 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

Really Dogs Smell?

Do you get your hair cut at Alimony’s in Knoxville?

How is the cooking show working out for Brucie?

We have an up and coming program with a coach who doesn’t cheat.

Tennersee hires a MVC reject who is stealing recruits form Furman.

Who has a brighter basketball future?

Georgia

1eyedJack

September 20th, 2011
2:26 pm

DawginLex, Kentucky shouldn’t be so bad with all those “top Georgia recruits” on their roster.

Milledgeville DAWG

September 20th, 2011
2:34 pm

Dogs Smell-You are an idiot. UGA is on the rise with it’s basketball program. I do not know where you are from, but please stay away from all of us in Athens.

GSO Dawg

September 20th, 2011
2:39 pm

Huge news to get Pope focused for what’s important and not eligibility issues. I’m excited to see what this guy can do! We should be very competitive in the SEC this year.

Mtn Dawg

September 20th, 2011
2:45 pm

Fantastic! UGA B-ball on the upswing. Looking forward to the this season.

AltamahaDawg

September 20th, 2011
3:48 pm

I never understood the big concern when no NCAA rules were ever in question.

Just Asking

September 20th, 2011
3:57 pm

If we just had two players who decided to leave early for the NBA (Which isn’t going to play for a long time.) UGA would be a powerhouse basketball team.

Tech Guy

September 20th, 2011
4:13 pm

Kentucky can’t be that bad now – since they sent Bark Madly to the AJC.

Bubbatavious Smith

September 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

Good to hear Kentavious is cleared!

Dawg1

September 20th, 2011
5:55 pm

Tech Guy – “funny”… I use him as my sanity check. If I’m agreeing with Bradley, I reconsider my position.

Georgia Basketball has always been a force. At the high school level. It appears that both Georgia and Tech are working harder to keep these kids home.

Great sign for the local schools – not so good for everyone else…

BipolarDawg

September 20th, 2011
7:43 pm

Happy for the outcome! Go dawgs.

Pago Pago DAWG

September 20th, 2011
8:37 pm

How can a normal guy have two (2) last names?! Seems pretty strange.

whatacrew

September 20th, 2011
8:53 pm

how is that UGA finds a way to pay-off the NCAA lately? They seem to get off the hook easily these days. Hmm.

Rabun Dawg

September 20th, 2011
10:09 pm

Pago Pago, not really hard to understand. My stepson played football at the 1-AA level, and used double names as did some others, honoring both his Dad and Step Dad. Made us both proud to think that he had that much love for both of us!

GT is a 4th rate high school team

September 20th, 2011
10:45 pm

@whatacrew, That is called good lawyering. LOL

slydog

September 21st, 2011
8:19 am

UGA and GT should be on par with Duke and UNC as far as basketball goes in the current century. They should have been on par with them in decades past, but that is the “past”…lol. Anyway, if we can keep most of the good ones, then Fox and Gregory should be very successful. Now I don’t mean they should have the same history or prestige as the other two, cause all they have is basketball, but they should never be outclassed by them. UNC and Duke or any other powerhouse no longer holds a monopoly on good to great players. Look at football factories such as Ohio St. and Texas. Heck, who wants to go to UCONN after Calhoun retires?

F.S.U. Fan!

September 21st, 2011
9:09 am

Great news for UGA

BYRDDAWG

September 21st, 2011
11:14 am

BG

September 21st, 2011
11:38 am

Great News! GO DAWGS!