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Key returning player: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6-5, SO, SG)
As a freshman, Caldwell-Pope made a big impact on the SEC — Kentucky’s John Calipari called him “a game changer,” — despite the fact he played out of position at the three. That allowed him to lead Georgia in rebounding, but it hampered his development in other ways.
“Playing out of position every night against older, more physical players hurt his productivity,” Fox said. “Now that I’ve got him back at his natural position [two guard] and he’s a year older, he’s probably going to become the guy that’s the face of our program.”
Caldwell-Pope was probably too reliant on the 3-pointer last year, cranking out 214 shots from behind the arc. He made 65, but his .304 percentage has to improve, as does his .654 free-throw percentage.
Key newcomer: Charles Mann (6-4, FR, PG)
At 6-4, Mann is a true point guard who last season averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 assists and led Milton High School of Alpharetta, Ga. to the Class AAAAA state championship. ESPN rated him the No. 21 point guard nationally.
“He has a natural instinct to pass the ball and make people better,” Fox said. “He’ll compete for the starting job with Vincent Williams.”