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Continued: Saunders targeting multiskilled shooter in draft

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 27, 2013 - 3:25 PM

When asked what NBA player his game most closely resembles, Caldwell-Pope paused, seemingly puzzled, and then offered a somewhat curious choice.

“If I had to say someone, I’d say Shane Battier,” he said, referring to the Miami forward. “He can shoot and defend. He just works hard at whatever he does. I kind of consider myself the same.”

 

Caldwell-Pope, 20, also said he considers himself more defender than offensive threat, which seemingly qualifies him to suit Saunders’ two-way requirement.

“My offense is going to be there,” he said. “If I focus on defense, it just brings along my offensive game, too. That really just keeps me calm and lets my game come to me.”

He said he was nervous participating in team and media interviews at last month’s Chicago combine, but has grown comfortable with the predraft routine and his place entering the NBA.

“I’m hoping for the best,” he said. “I hope I end up on a great team. I bring a lot. I have a lot of energy. I compete on both ends. I can help a team. Whoever drafts me is getting a hard-working, humble, coachable kid.”

 

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