“What do I want you to do?” Trakh said.
Caldwell-Pope didn’t know the answer.
“Shoot it,” Trakh said.
Caldwell-Pope did just that in Tuesday’s 79-75 loss to Oklahoma City. He scored a quick 11 points to start the second half and finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including four 3-point baskets.
“It felt good to get a few to go down,” said Caldwell-Pope, the eighth overall pick in last month's NBA Draft.
Before Tuesday’s game, Caldwell-Pope had struggled from the field, only making one 3-pointer in the first two games.
“When guys first come into the summer league there’s a little pressure because they want to show that they were picked in the right spot in the draft,” Trakh said. “It’s nice to see him shoot better.”
Peyton Siva, the point guard on Louisville’s 2012-13 national title team, impressed Trakh as well, scoring 12 points while dishing out seven assists. Many of those assists were to Caldwell-Pope. Siva also committed only one turnover in the game.
“I loved the way he played,” Trakh said. “I told him I wanted him to play with that Louisville swagger. He’s got a passion for playing ball. He did a really good job defensively. We’re happy with his first three games.”