There is a sentiment among some NBA officials that the Milwaukee Bucks will use their top draft pick — the 15th overall — on a shooting guard. It certainly would make sense. With Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick likely to bolt to other teams during free agency in July, the Bucks will have a gaping hole at the two-guard spot. Fortunately for the Bucks, there are several intriguing shooting guards in the draft. One of them is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who, after a stellar season at Georgia, has soared up the draft charts. Caldwell-Pope has the ideal size for his position — he was measured at 6 feet, 4½ inches without shoes at the Chicago pre-draft camp last month — and can score in a myriad of ways. Caldwell-Pope, 20, averaged 18.5 points a game last season for the Bulldogs while shooting a solid 44 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. He is also a respectable defender with a 6-8 wingspan. The Bucks scouted Caldwell-Pope during the 2012-2013 season when he was generally regarded as a late first-round pick. The Bucks also talked to him extensively at the pre-draft camp. “They were my first interview,” said Caldwell-Pope, who is a huge LeBron James fan and has tried to pattern certain aspects of his game after the Miami superstar. “I was kind of nervous, but we had a couple of good laughs and I started to get more comfortable. “We had a really good talk.” The Bucks will be talking to him again Saturday. That’s when Caldwell-Pope will be a part of a top-notch group of players to work out for the Bucks at the team’s training facility in St. Francis. Also expected to participate in the workout are two likely late first-round picks: Ricky Ledo of Providence and Allen Crabbe of California, also shooting guards. C.J. Leslie, a small forward from North Carolina State; Michael Snaer, a shooting guard from Florida State, and Dwayne Davis, a shooting guard from Southern Mississippi, are also scheduled to work out for Milwaukee. Leslie is likely an early second-round pick, while Snaer and Davis are considered potential late second-round picks.
Milwaukee has its eye on Caldwell-Pope
Racine Journal-Times | Jun 14