UGA’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was selected 8th by the Detroit Pistons in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday evening.
Caldwell-Pope is only the seventh UGA player ever to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. He is also the fourth lottery pick and the highest draft choice since Dominique Wilkins was selected third by the Utah Jazz in 1982.
“I want to congratulate Kentavious on his selection in the NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “Years ago Kentavious shared with me his dream of playing in the NBA. Tonight it came true. We are very excited for him and proud he chose to spend his college years at Georgia.”
As a sophomore, Caldwell-Pope (6-5, 205) led the Bulldogs with 18.5 points per game, which also ranked second in the SEC. He scored a game-high 32 points in Georgia’s 68-63 loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament.
His efforts in 2013 resulted in him being named the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches and the AP SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He is the first Bulldog to win both awards in the same season since Dominique Wilkins.