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Blog: Georgia freshman Caldwell-Pope: `I’m coming back’

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope insists he won’t be one-and-done at Georgia.

The freshman guard said today that he plans to return to the Bulldogs next season and won’t take a look at entering the NBA draft after this season.

“Yeah, I’m making a 100 percent statement,” Caldwell-Pope said. “I’m coming back. I don’t think I’m ready for the next level yet. I’ll just continue to educate myself, work hard here and try to develop my skills.”

The 6-foot-5 Caldwell-Pope leads Georgia in scoring (14.5 avg.), 3-pointers (2.4 avg.), steals (1.8 avg) and minutes (32.5 per game).

He says he needs to become more consistent defensively, work on using his left hand when driving to the basket and get in better shape.

“I’m kind of short-winded sometimes,” he said.

Of course, the Greenville, Ga., product could still choose to give the draft a look after this season.

Georgia lost a pair of underclassmen–Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie–to the draft last year.

Caldwell-Pope is projected as a first-round draft pick in 2013 by NBADraft.net. He’s rated as a second-round pick/undrafted for 2012 by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford.

“The dream ever since I was a kid was the NBA, but right now I’m not really worried about it,” Caldwell-Pope said. “I’m just trying to stay focused on school and continue to help my team win.”

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