Caracter Taken by Lakers in NBA Draft
POSTED: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 10:04pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 7:50am
UTEP forward Derrick Caracter became the first UTEP player to be chosen in the NBA Draft in 15 years on Thursday. Caracter was selected by the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers with the 58th overall pick in the second round.
The 6-9, 275-pound Caracter was a second team All-Conference USA player last season and a first team All-District pick by the NABC. He averaged 14.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks, ranking 16th nationally in field goal percentage (.567). The Fanwood, N.J. native led the Miners in scoring eight times and in rebounding on 19 occasions. He was second on the squad in double figure scoring games (22), and scored 20+ points on five occasions. Caracter recorded seven double-doubles, with season-highs of 22 points versus Houston and 15 rebounds versus Mississippi and Norfolk State. Caracter made 10-of-13 shots in tallying 20 points and nine rebounds in UTEP’s first round NCAA Tournament loss to eventual national runner-up Butler.
One of the most decorated players in the country coming out of Notre Dame Prep, Caracter played his first two seasons at Louisville and averaged better than eight points per game each year.
Caracter becomes the first Miner selected in the NBA Draft since George Banks was chosen by Miami in the second round with the 46th overall pick in 1995. Caracter is the 26th UTEP player to have his name called in the NBA Draft.