Pistons select Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with first-round draft choice

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

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