Derrick Caracter Update

So how is Derrick Caracter doing these days? Last we heard, the former University of Louisville basketball player had transferred to play for Texas-El Paso and coach Tony Barbee in Conference USA. Here’s the scoop from the Hoop Scoop Blog:

Caracter is still in El Paso after transferring in the middle of last season.

Barbee said that Caracter practiced with the team the second semester and hasn’t been a problem thus far.

“I have a lot of respect for the kid because with all the hype, he could have just packed his bags and gone overseas and made $100,000 or whatever,” Barbee said. “But he doesn’t want to go down that road. He wants to prove everyone wrong.”

Caracter, who has a year and a half of eligibility left, has dropped weight and is down to around 300 pounds. Ultimately, he needs to get down to around 275.

Barbee said he bikes to school from his off-campus apartment every day.

Losing weight again, good to know.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “Derrick Caracter Update

  • June 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm
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    Derrick with a weight problem, surely not Derrick Caracter. He just can’t stay away from the training table.

  • June 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm
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    Hopefully, he has come to the realization that this is probably his last chance to realize his NBA dreams. Here’s hoping he does well.

  • June 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm
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    This young man has lots of growing up to do. He also has a ton of potential. There are people out there who work 9-5 who wish they had his talent. I hope he realizes how blessed he is and gets his act together. Good to see he is trying. I think he’s misunderstood, but still I’d like to see him succeed. Good Luck young man.

    -Prepspects (Metropolis)

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