Derrick Caracter Declares for NBA Draft
POSTED: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 3:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 10:50pm
According to Gary Parish of CBS Sports, Derrick Caracter will forego his senior season to enter the NBA Draft.
A source close to the UTEP program told CBSSports.com on Monday that Caracter informed the staff he was entering the NBA Draft even before Tony Barbee left for Auburn last week. There is no timetable for a formal announcement, the source said. But Caracter's imminent exit ensures the UTEP team that won C-USA without any seniors won't return intact. The more important question is whether the new coach -- whom most believe will eventually be either former USC coach Tim Floyd, Texas assistant Rodney Terry, UTEP assistant Randall Dickey, or former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie -- can keep Arnett Moultrie and Randy Culpepper from transferring or pursuing professional opportunities. A source said that's one of the reasons Dickey is now being considered, because school officials believe he has the best chance of keeping everybody except Caracter on campus.
Caracter averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds this season.
UTEP finished 26-7 after losing to Butler in the first round of the NCAA tournament.