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Friday, 28 June 2013 11:00

Pistons draft Caldwell-Pope in first round

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons have picked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft, passing on a trio of potential point guards to take a versatile scorer who played college basketball at Georgia. The 6-foot-5 Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points per game as a sophomore last season and shot 37 percent from 3-point range. Detroit has added big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in recent drafts, and they also took point guard Brandon Knight two years ago. That might be why they decided to pass on point guard Trey Burke of Michigan, a local favorite. Kansas star Ben McLemore was taken one pick before Detroit's turn. In addition to Burke, guards Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. McCollum were both available.

Meanwhile, the Pistons have drafted North Texas forward Tony Mitchell with the 37th pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 Mitchell averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds last season as a sophomore for the Mean Green. He is also the school's career and single-season record holder for blocked shots. Mitchell was a finalist for the Lou Henson Award for the mid-major player of the year in 2011-12, when he averaged 14.7 points as a freshman. That season, he was one of two freshmen to average a double-double - the other was Kentucky's Anthony Davis, the No. 1 pick in the draft in 2012. The Detroit Pistons also drafted Louisville guard Peyton Siva with the 56th pick in the NBA draft. Siva helped the Cardinals win the national title last season, averaging 10 points per game. He started 113 games in four years at Louisville. Siva scored 18 points in Louisville's victory over Michigan in the NCAA title game. He scored 1,215 points in his career at Louisville. He also averaged over five assists a game for each of his last three seasons there.