In the Eye of a Hurricane

Kentavious Caldwell resembles the eye in the center of a hurricane.

The guard is unruffled while constantly playing through double teams and full-length defenses on the court.

Off the court, college coaches, reporters and recruiting analysts often huddle around him after games. And through it all Caldwell remains composed, handling the extra attention with ease because in his mind he's focused on one goal.

"I just want to win a state championship," Caldwell recently said, following a win over Brookstone.

Greenville High School, of Meriwether County, Ga., established the championship goal after being bounced from last season's state playoffs in the "Sweet 16."

Caldwell, rated a 5-star recruit in the class of 2011, is the basis of the success.

He dropped a school record 57 points versus Marion County in late January, and followed up with another 32 points in his next performance. He poured in 41, with seven 3's, against Upson.

And big-time colleges are picking up the pace in his recruiting.

"Oh man, too many," Greenville coach Richard Carter said of the letters Caldwell is receiving. "From all over the country, from everybody. From schools all over the country."

Florida State, Georgia and Auburn have sent written offers. The likes of Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Tennessee and many others are following Caldwell intently.

And yet, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooter isn't concerned with where he'll be heading to college at this point in time.

"Yeah, I'm laid back right now," he said. "Just taking it easy right now."

Carter describes his player off the court as an, "outstanding young man, with good grades." On the hardwood, Caldwell is a pure shooter, with distant range and the ability to get his shot off in any situation.

Caldwell, who averaged 26 points a game as a sophomore, has no set time when he'll start addressing his recruitment. He's staying in the present, locked on a run through the state playoffs.

"No real time table," Carter said. "We're going to wait until after the summer and then sit down and talk about some schools and make some plans then. Right now we're just trying to play basketball and win a state championship."


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