Tom Leyden chatted with the Pistons first round draft choice shortly after he was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft
The Pistons bypassed Michigan guard Trey Burke and selected Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the eighth overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Caldwell-Pope was the 2013 SEC Player of the Year after his sophomore season at Georgia. He averaged 18.5 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game.
He brings a scoring punch the Pistons are lacking from the shooting guard position on a consistent basis.
Caldwell-Pope did not work out at the Pistons facility, but Matt Dery from 97.1 The Ticket is reporting that Caldwell-Pope did visit with Pistons officials on Monday.
"I play both sides of the ball. I'm a great scorer and defender," said Caldwell-Pope during his interview on ESPN following the selection. "I'm going to come in and help any way I can."
Shane Battier, who was conducting the interview, then asked if Caldwell-Pope's big play ability will translate in the NBA.
"Oh yeah," said Caldwell-Pope. "There's still stuff I need to improve on, but as I move forward and keep improving, it's going to get better."
I'll be interviewing Caldwell-Pope via satellite shortly and will share that interview right here on WXYZ.com