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Blog: Caldwell-Pope’s `NBA plays’ at Georgia included more than just shooting

The main reason that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to be a lottery pick in the NBA draft tonight is because he’s one of the best shooters available.

It’s not the only reason.

Caldwell-Pope’s defense didn’t get as much attention because the 6-foot-6 guard led Georgia in just about every statistical category on offense. Yet he was third in the SEC in steals (2.0 per game), second in defensive rebounding (5.9 per game) and second on Georgia with 17 blocks.

Scouts noticed some of the defensive plays he made that looked ready for the pros.

“He has some NBA things about him,” said one scout from an Eastern Conference team. “At Georgia Tech, there was a play on the defensive fastbreak where he chased the ball down and blocked the shot. It was an NBA play. It was like `Wow.’ A lot of scouts were at that game and they all said the same thing, that play jumps out at them. Not everybody can do that.”

You might see the play tonight when Caldwell-Pope’s highlights are shown.

You can find it here (after the commercial) at the 44-second mark.

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