Dan Rubenstein calls Kentavious Caldwell-Pope the "sleeper of the draft".
It's hard to argue with the man's reasoning. We all saw KCP play, and what he was capable of doing on a basketball court, even when he was playing almost 1 or 2 vs. 5 on the floor. We saw his athleticism in multiple chase down blocks on fast breaks. We saw his shot from deep. We saw him do everything asked of him and then some.
I'm biased of course, but I'm beginning to sell myself on the idea that KCP will be the best player to come out of the draft Thursday night. Most projections have him going to Minnesota with the 9th pick. A team that desperately needs scoring help on the wings. A team that has a PG in Ricky Rubio coming into his own as an elite ball handler and shot creator. A team that has PF Kevin Love cleaning up the glass, creating space offensively, and providing some of the best passing out of a big man in decades. Add an athletic player on fast breaks, and a standout shooter in the half court, two things KCP does extremely well, and he could easily average 15-20 points a night as a rookie, combined with the rebounds, steals, and little things we saw him do each and every game.
The future looks extremely bright for one of the best basketball players the University of Georgia has ever had.