Caracter Disappoints At USA Event

Possible Duke big man target has tons of talent; but struggled in Colorado. Is the NBA still a possibility?

No one has ever doubted the ability and upside of big man Derrick Caracter, a 6-foot-9, 285-pound forward from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in New Jersey. Caracter possesses a sweet, soft touch from the outside and when he demonstrates some anger on the court, he can be ruthless to opponents inside the paint.

But the event this past weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado was a below average tournament for Derrick. Caracter averaged 7 points a game and 3.8 rebounds. He saved his best for his last game of the event on Sunday. Caracter scored 17 points in his final match and also grabbed six rebounds.

At times, it looked like Caracter was going through the motions on the court (until his last game). Derrick will need to get in better shape too if he is to stay up with the better players in his 2006 class.

Many colleges certainly would take the plunge with Caracter and offer him a scholarship. There is so much upside and potential in his game that he is worth a chance. Derrick can be a major impact player on the college level if he focuses more on his game.

The key word here is "work." Will Caracter "work" at his game and increase his desire to be the best player with his abilities? Only Derrick knows right now.

Caracter has mentioned many schools in the past -- including Connecticut, Duke, Michigan, Stanford, and Miami. Many had thought the NBA was an option too. If it is, much more work must be done before that is more reality than fiction.

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