December 3, 2012

KCP looking for help

One thing immediate jumps out when you examine Georgia's scoring output thus far in the Bulldogs' current basketball campaign - it's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and everybody else.

As the Bulldogs (2-5) get ready for Tuesday night's game at Georgia Tech in brand new McCarmish Pavillion, head coach Mark Fox will be looking for his star sophomore to being getting a helping hand.

The numbers are alarming.

Caldwell-Pope leads Georgia with an impressive 17.6 points per game, but after that, nobody else is even sniffing double-figures as sophomore Nemanja Djurisic is next with 8.3.

The remaining Bulldog starters - Marcus Thornton (5.1), Donte Williams (4.0) and Vincent Williams (5.7) - have been even lesser threats to score.

"Kentavious is doing all that he can but we need some other players to finish some plays. I feel our front line, Nemi and Donte have got to be more effective," Fox said. "Nemi's is not shooting the percentage that he's capable. We've got some young guys - John Cannon and Ken Dixon - but we've got to find other guys who can score and we can't put it on one guy's shoulder and that's really our No. 1 issue right now."

Keeping Caldwell-Pope from trying to feel like he's got to take on even more responsibility is another.

"The other night he had a turnover late where I thought he was trying to do too much and we talked about that today, just taking the plays that are there for you and make the guys around you better," Fox said. "He's maturing as a player. He gets a little sped up at time but he's made some progress. He knows he's going to be a major part of our offense, but he can't be the only part."

But Fox remains hopeful.

The Bulldog coach said he's seen signs in recent games of other players being able to step up.

"I think that Marcus scored a little bit the other night and Brantley can score more but I'd like to see our point guards come on a little bit," Fox said. "I don't think that any of our freshmen have played as well in games as they've practiced but we need everybody to chip in better than what they've done so far."

Of course, Georgia's issues haven't solely been related to Caldwell-Pope getting some offensive help.

"We've played well at times - we just haven't played 40 minutes. We've played 30 minutes, 37 the next, 36 the next but we need to play 40 and we haven't done that yet," Fox said. We haven't found the consistency we need to find and we haven't had the maturity to get those 40 minutes."

Tuesday's game against the Yellow Jackets (4-2) will be Georgia's last for 11 days to get some good vibrations going.

The Bulldogs will take the next week-plus off for final exams and won't see the court against until a Dec. 15 game against Iona, one of four more December games.

"I think it's easy to be frustrated in any endeavor that you have. I think we are improving and I think we're getting better in certain areas," Fox said. "I'm disappointed it hasn't happened faster than what it has, but we are where we are and we're going to focus on what we need to do to get better."

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