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UTEP's Caracter will enter NBA Draft

Posted on: March 29, 2010 3:51 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2010 3:52 pm

It remains unclear who will be UTEP's next coach.

But this much is clear: He won't coach Derrick Caracter.

A source close to the UTEP program told 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.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 12:29 pm

UTEP's Caracter will enter NBA Draft

Some team is bound to use a 2nd round pick on him in the hopes that they can set him straight. With as much talent and promise as he's shown, there'll be a number of teams who likely take a decent look at him. He has 1st round talent, but I'm pretty sure the baggage will knock him back.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:42 pm

UTEP's Caracter will enter NBA Draft

Caracter is an extremely talented player, but I don't think he's ready for the NBA. It was nice to see him be successful at UTEP, after leaving Louisville. Although it would of been nice to have Samuels and Caracter in the Louisville front court this season.

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:33 pm

UTEP's Caracter will enter NBA Draft

re: why Tim Floyd

Tim was an assistant here at UTEP for many years under Don Haskins.  No matter what he did since, he is a link back to "the good old days" with Coach Haskins' winning ways at UTEP.  That's why he's being considered.  Hey, they took Mike Price as football coach after his "infractions" at Washington, why not Floyd. 

Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2010 4:20 pm

UTEP's Caracter will enter NBA Draft


Can you please explain why anyone would look seriously at Tim Floyd?  It blows my mind that anyone would even entertain the idea of bringing someone in that just lost his job because OJ Mayo took cash payments. 

Please explain what I am clearly missing here.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 3:59 pm

UTEP's Caracter will enter NBA Draft

wow, i cant image what NBA team is going to draft this kid, he is getting some bad advice

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