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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Fox wished SEC Player of the Year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope well Monday after the sophomore guard announced that he will skip his final two seasons of college to enter the NBA draft.

“I think he went back and forth some and he took his time,” Fox said. “He took his time, but it wasn’t easy. Even today, in thanking me today and he’s very appreciative of his experience that he’s had at Georgia. He really has enjoyed playing here and he’s got an opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream and he’s chosen to do that.”

ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks Caldwell-Pope as the No. 21 overall prospect and No. 6 shooting guard in the June draft and projects him as a mid-first-round selection. Fox said he believed Caldwell-Pope weighed the proper information before making his decision.

“He went as far as to investigate what life would be like if he’s a guy that’s drafted and is placed in the D-League,” Fox said. “He’s researched this thing very, very well, very deeply and I thought he handled it very well to be honest with you.”

But Caldwell-Pope’s departure likely lowers the ceiling for Fox’s club in 2013-14, much like when juniors Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie entered the 2011 draft and the Bulldogs slipped from 21-12 and a spot in the NCAA tournament to 15-17 the following season.

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Slim, trim Ware ready for season 

October, 13, 2011
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Georgia's Dustin Ware never had a weight problem, but the senior guard altered his diet and aggressively attacked a new fitness regimen in the offseason.

The changes help him trim 13 pounds from his 5-foot-11 frame, and he earned compliments this week from Georgia coach Mark Fox for his extensive offseason work.

"I really just went hard in the weight room," Ware said Tuesday. "Really the main part was changing the way that I ate, cutting out things, giving up some things, adding some extra things like fruit in the diet and stuff like that. It's definitely helped out. I feel a lot better."

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