Blazers Work Out Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Five Other Prospects On Monday

Chris Graythen

The Portland Trail Blazers worked out six prospects on Monday, including Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, as they prepare for the 2013 NBA Draft.

The Portland Trail Blazers continued working out prospects at the practice facility on Monday, hosting the following six players, including potential lottery pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, as they prepare for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Sean Meagher of OregonLive.com reported on Twitter that Blazers owner Paul Allen attended Monday's workout.

  • Jared Berggren | Wisconsin | Senior | 6-foot-10 | 225 pounds | PF | DX profile | n/a in top 100

Played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin, averaging 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.21 blocks and 19.1 minutes in 119 games ... Enjoyed a career season as senior in 2012-13, averaging career highs in points (11.0), rebounds (6.9), blocks (2.1) and minutes (28.5) ... Selected to the 2013 All-Big Ten Conference Second Team, 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team All-District and was a member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team

More from Jonathan Givony in a 2012 scouting report.

From a physical standpoint, Berggren doesn't really jump off the page on first glance. While he has a solid wingspan, he possesses a frail frame which may struggle to carry too much additional weight, and isn't very fluid or graceful with his movements. He doesn't run the floor particularly well, and won't wow NBA scouts seeing him for the first time with his quickness or explosiveness either.

Berggren's role in Wisconsin's offense was fairly simple last year, seeing most of his time at center. He received a decent amount of looks in the post with his back to the basket, where he has the footwork, craftiness and touch to score against many of the weaker or less experienced big men he'll match up with at times in the Big Ten. Against bulkier post players he doesn't always find the same success, as he lacks the strength to establish great position and finish through contact at times, one of the reasons he's doesn't get to the free throw line at a great rate.

  • Sherwood Brown | Florida Gulf Coast | Senior | 6-foot-4 | 200 pounds | SG | No DX profile | n/a in top 100
Played four years at Florida Gulf Coast University, averaging 10.4 points (45.6% FG, 38.2% 3-PT), 4.9 rebounds, 1.01 steals and 24.5 minutes in 119 games ... The 2012-13 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and unanimous choice for A-Sun All-Conference First Team ... Averaged career bests of 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | Georgia | Sophomore | 6-foot-6 | 204 pounds | SG | DX profile | No. 21 in top 100

Completed two standout seasons with the University of Georgia, averaging 15.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.92 steals and 33.0 minutes in 64 games ... During an accolade-heavy sophomore season in 2012-13, earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as voted by conference coaches and the Associated Press, averaging 18.5 points (43.3% FG, 37.3% 3-PT, 79.9% FT), 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.03 steals and 33.9 minutes ... A member of both All-SEC First Teams, becoming the first Georgia player since Dominique Wilkins in 1981 to sweep the major SEC Player of the Year awards

Caldwell-Pope has repeatedly been linked to the Blazers in mock drafts by Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

Analysis: Right now, Caldwell-Pope is one of the fastest risers on NBA draft boards. He is a terrific shooter and a very good athlete. While the Blazers already have Wesley Matthews, adding Caldwell-Pope to the mix gives Portland great depth in the backcourt.

More here from Ford.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Caldwell-Pope didn't particularly shoot it well in workouts, but the more I speak with GMs and scouts, the more likely it seems that he's going somewhere in the mid-to-late lottery. Not only are teams attracted to his shooting ability and size but many feel as if he has a great grasp for the game and could be special someday. I could see him going to a team such as the Pistons, Wolves, Blazers or Sixers.

More from Joe Treutlein here.

After an inconsistent freshman season, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has taken his game to the next level as a sophomore, playing largely the same exact game from a stylistic standpoint, but seeing much better results in terms of both his production and efficiency.

Caldwell-Pope's jump shot remains his most frequently used weapon on the offensive end, with still more than half his field-goal attempts coming from behind the arc, but he's yielding much better results this season.

Caldwell-Pope has significantly increased his points (+4.5), assists (+0.6), and rebounds (+1.6) on a per 40 minute pace adjusted basis this season, while also seeing his true shooting percentage rise from 50% to 59% thanks in part to his much improved outside shot. While he only made 30% of his 3-pointers last season on nearly seven attempts per game, he's now converting 38% of attempts on exactly the same number of attempts. He's also managed to double his free-throw attempts per game from 2.5 to 5.1 while increasing his percentages at the line from 65% to 81%.

  • Brandon Davies | BYU | Senior | 6-foot-10 | 242 pounds | C | DX profile | No. 63 in top 100

In four seasons with BYU, posted averages of 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.98 steals, 0.91 blocks and 24.1 minutes in 135 games ... As a senior in 2012-13, finished with career highs of 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 29.3 minutes ... Named to the All-West Coast Conference Team, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VIII First Team and the NABC All-District 9 Second Team

More from Jeff Rush in a 2011 scouting report.

Last year was magical in Provo as the nation caught Jimmer-mania and the Cougars had one of the best years in the proud history of the program. The only real negative during the season was the suspension of Brandon Davies in late February, which left BYU extremely thin in the front court heading into post-season play. Davies reportedly impregnated a woman, a violation of the Mormon school's honor code which says students must remain "chaste and virtuous."

  • Abdul Gaddy | Washington | Senior | 6-foot-3 | 195 pounds | PG | DX profile | n/a in top 100

Spent four years playing for the University of Washington, averaging 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.72 steals and 27.2 minutes in 118 games ... Finished his career as the number two all-time assists leader at Washington with 469, and is the first Husky with 150-plus assists in two seasons

More from Matt Kamalsky in a 2013 scouting report.

Standing 6'3, Gaddy has good size for the point guard position at any level, but is a limited athlete by NBA standards. He was never extremely explosive, known more for his ability to change speeds and dictate tempo to get to where he wanted to go on the court early in his career, and the knee injury he suffered as a sophomore certainly did not help him in that regard.

Lacking blow-by quickness, Gaddy still finds ways to distort defenses and make plays as a passer, using simple changes of speed and hesitation moves to catch his defender off guard one-on-one and get into the lane before looking for the open man. A crafty, pass-first floor general with solid ball-handling ability, the Washington native has tremendous court vision, improving his decision making significantly since his freshman year, and runs the pick and roll very effectively. Ranking among the top-30 or so players in the country in pure point rating, Gaddy is a fine facilitator, which is certainly a coveted trait at the professional level.

  • Elijah Johnson | Kansas | Senior | 6-foot-2 | 194 pounds | PG | DX profile | No. 86 in top 100

In four years playing at the University of Kansas, averaged 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 22.6 minutes in 135 games ... Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference after averaging 9.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, a career-best 4.6 assists, 0.95 steals and 31.0 minutes ... Selected to the preseason Wooden Award List, one of 50 players, and to the Bob Cousy Award watch list

More on Johnson from a 2012 scouting report by Treutlein.

Johnson's physical tools were his strongest asset coming into this season, and that hasn't changed with his expanded role. Johnson's most impressive moments are largely his explosive finishes at the rim and his excellent speed going to the basket, which still remain his biggest selling points in projecting his long term potential.

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Johnson's still developing advanced ball-handling skills are probably the largest thing holding him back from excelling consistently in the half court, as it greatly limits the ways in which he can utilize his superb physical tools going to the basket. While showing a great first step and excellent rangy strides with the ball, Johnson struggles heavily in isolations where he isn't very confident taking his man one-on-one. The increased spacing at the next level, more frequent use of pick-and-rolls, and possibly being in a more up-tempo offense are all things that could enhance Johnson's abilities in this area, but he will still need to improve his basketball IQ and learn how to better use his tools offensively, as he really struggles to get to the basket and draw fouls or finish consistently.

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While he is an immensely gifted player from a tools standpoint and shows flashes of excellent ability at times as well, Johnson is still inconsistent in most areas of his game and has struggled especially finding a consistent role in the half court offense.

Caldwell-Pope joins North Texas forward Tony Mitchell as the second projected first-round pick worked out by the Blazers at the practice facility.

All vitals/information/video courtesy of DraftExpress.com and ESPN.com, with notes courtesy of Casey Holdahl at Blazers.com, who has more right here.

The Blazers opened the pre-draft process by working out six players on Thursday and another four on Friday. Blazers GM Neil Olshey took questions about the pre-draft process and Blazers coach Terry Stotts explained his role in the workouts.

The Blazers are expected to run a total of nine or 10 workouts in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft, set for June 27. The Blazers hold the No. 10 pick in the first round and three second-round picks (No. 39, 40 and 45).

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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