Friday, July 19, 2013
Pistons sign Caldwell-Pope, Mitchell
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons have signed draft picks Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell.
The team did not release terms of the deals. The Pistons used the eighth pick in the draft on Caldwell-Pope, a 6-foot-5 guard from Georgia who was the Southeastern Conference player of the year last season. Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13 and shot 37 percent from 3-point range.
Caldwell-Pope was the first Georgia player since Dominique Wilkins in 1981 to sweep the major SEC player of the year awards.
The 6-foot-8 Mitchell, drafted in the second round, averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds last season as a sophomore for North Texas. He is also the school's career and single-season record holder for blocked shots.