ATHENS, Ga. — Freshman guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia’s leading scorer, had 17 points on Friday night in leading the Bulldogs to a 64-50 victory over Furman.
So what is coach Mark Fox’s impression of his new star?
“He has really played poorly,” Fox deadpanned.
“No, I am only kidding. He is off to a great start. He is leading the team in scoring, and he has been an outstanding defender.
“He is unbelievably coachable,” added Fox. “He was coached well in high school, but he has been like a sponge. He has trusted the coaching staff, and that is one of the reasons he is off to such a good start.”
The 6-foot-5 Caldwell-Pope, who has scored in double figures 11 times in 12 games, has made a similar impression on his teammates.
“He is not just coachable with the coaches,” said senior Dustin Ware. “Gerald (Robinson) and I talked to him a lot over the summer and since, and he soaked it up like a sponge.”
Caldwell-Pope scored 11 consecutive points for Georgia (7-5) over an eight-minute stretch in the second half.
Caldwell-Pope admitted that learning the Georgia offense has been a challenge.
“I think I am progressing well,” he said. “The biggest thing is the offense. There are so many plays. I am starting to feel comfortable and relax.”
Robinson scored 13 for the Bulldogs. Ware came off the bench to score all 11 of his points in the first half, and Donte Williams added 10 for Georgia.
Brandon Sebirumbi led the Paladins (6-6) with 10 points.