Monday, December 31, 2007

Derrick Caracter - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 16.9 mpg, 55% FG, 63% FT

About Him: Derrick Caracter has a long way to go before he is an NBA player. He is a load on the block at 6'9", 265lb, and does have very soft hands, however he is too small to defend NBA post players. He is also very careless with the ball, averaging 1.8 turnovers in just under 17 minutes per game. The biggest problem with Caracter is his (ignore the pun) character. He had numerous run-ins with Louisville coach Rick Pitino, almost getting himself kicked off the team this year. NBA teams will put up with that if you are an all-star or top 10 pick, not if you're a guy who will be lucky to get drafted. It's a long fall for a guy who was so highly touted as a high school freshman.

Comparisons: Jackie Butler (skills-wise), Zack Randolph (personality-wise)

Bottom Line: Caracter has already signed with an agent, so his college career is officially over. It's too bad, because he is probably going to end up in Europe or the D-League (if he's lucky).

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