Nov. 10, 2010
ATHENS ---- University of Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox announced on Wednesday the signing of three prospective student-athletes -- two high schoolers and one junior-college transfer -- to national letters-of-intent to attend Georgia and play for the Bulldogs next season: Tim Dixon of Columbus, Ga., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Greenville, Ga., and John Florveus of Fort Myers, Fla.
Dixon, a 6-10, 215-pound forward, is currently starting his senior season at Oldsmar Christian School in Oldsmar, Fla. He transferred to Oldsmar after starring for three seasons at Kendrick High School in Columbus. Dixon averaged 16.1 points, 11 rebounds and 6.4 blocks per game as a junior in 2010 for the Cherokees.
"We're very excited to have signed Tim and we think he has a bright future ahead of him," said Fox. "He's got great length and athleticism with a good, sound set of offensive skills."
Caldwell-Pope is beginning his senior season at Greenville High School, where he has built a reputation as one of the nation's top backcourt scorers. Last season the 6-6, 185-pound guard averaged 29.7 points per game in leading the Patriots to a 20-7 record and the second round of the Class AA state playoffs. He is rated as the third-best shooting guard in the country, 11th-best prospect overall by Rivals.com recruiting analysis.
"Kentavious has a terrific future ahead of him," Fox said. "We're really excited about his ability to score from the perimeter. It's easy to see by his ability and his skills that he's been very well-coached."
Florveus, a 7-0, 215-pound center, is a sophomore at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. He played as a prepster at Dunbar High School in Fort Myers before heading to Hillsborough. As a freshman last season, he averaged 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds, but also 2.5 blocks per game, which ranked him 24th nationally in junior-college statistics.
"John is a long, athletic player who is really quick on his feet and he runs the floor extremely well," Fox said. "We're excited about adding a player of his size and potential.
"Two of our needs that we wanted to address with this class were length and scoring ability. We feel like we've certainly addressed those needs well with two long, athletic players in Tim Dixon and John Florveus, and we also added a great shooter who can score from the perimeter in Kentavious. We believe they will all fit our system very well. All three of these young men come from great families and we're looking forward to having them join our program."
The early national signing period began Wednesday and concludes next Wednesday, Nov. 17.