"Kentavious is a great kid," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "I'm so happy for him. I know he's from a great family; he's a terrific player. You know, you worry that a kid in Greenville isn't going to be recognized enough to get that honor because it's such a small community. But he's such a terrific player, and he's had the chance to play on some big stages. That means a lot to our program because I think he's well deserving, and it's certainly of significance."
Carlos Strong was the last McDonald's All-American to go straight from high school to Georgia in 1992. (Damian Wilkins transferred in from N.C. State after his selection in 1999. Louis Williams was selected in 2004, but turned pro instead of enrolling at Georgia).
Caldwell-Pope was already solidified as the best recruit Fox has landed since coming to Georgia. A 5-star recruit, Caldwell-Pope is ranked the fourth-best shooting guard in the nation.
Adding the esteemed McDonald's AA tag to his name adds to his already impressive reputation as a player, which Fox can use to his advantage in recruiting.
"Oh, sure. You can't two until you get the first one," Fox said. "The good players want to play with other good players. I think we'll be able to use that to our advantage."
Since 1979, 11 McDonald's All-Americans have played at Georgia, including Dominique Wilkins, Vern Fleming and Litterial Green.