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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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UGA week in review: Johnson makes 33 

February, 23, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- With the first day of spring practice just a week away, it was a reasonably quiet week for Georgia’s football program.

The biggest news of the week came Tuesday when defensive lineman Toby Johnson -- ESPN’s No. 4 prospect on its Junior College 100 -- signed with the Bulldogs to round out a 33-man signing class.

Otherwise, we spent time this week reviewing the importance of in-state recruiting with story packages that ran on Monday and Thursday.

Game rewind: Georgia 72, Mercer 58

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Mark Fox could not have been more disgusted than he was after Georgia’s last home game -- a 68-56 loss to Georgia Tech, the third consecutive game the Bulldogs lost after leading at halftime.

Fox was angry in particular about the Bulldogs’ second-half defense -- noting Tuesday that “I’m still beside myself about that game” after a 72-58 win against visiting Mercer at Stegeman Coliseum.

But Georgia’s coach is slowly beginning to sing a different tune, as the Bulldogs (6-5) have performed well after halftime in two consecutive wins -- against Mercer and last Saturday at USC.

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