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Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

Posted on: January 22, 2009 3:36 pm
 

Tony Barbee confirmed Thursday to CBSSports.com that Derrick Caracter is enrolled at UTEP, paying his own way and on track to play for the Miners in December of next season.

"He started classes Monday," said Barbee, the UTEP coach who was making his first public comments on the subject.

Caracter is best-known as the highly touted prodigy who signed with Louisville out of high school but never reached his potential for a variety of reasons spanning from his weight to constant run-ins with Rick Pitino. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds at Louisville last season, but grade issues and a nudge from Pitino paved the way for an exit from the team that now looks like a Big East contender.

How did UTEP get involved?

Barbee recruited Caracter out of high school while he was an assistant at Memphis. So the former aid to John Calipari has long been familiar with Caracter, and he had him come in for a visit in December. Once all the financial aid requirements were met, Barbee said he decided to offer Caracter a chance to restart his once-promising career.

"Every 17 year-old and 18 year-old has made mistakes, and when you're a high-profile recruit those mistakes get magnified on the national scene," Barbee said. "But just like any other 17 year-old or 18 year-old kid, he deserves a second chance, and I think he wants to do the right things."

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Comments

Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2009 2:08 pm
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

does anyone think it is a surprise that the only team interested in him once he left louisville was memphis, possibly the ONLY team left with a coach willing to overlook character (no pun intended) when recruiting? Grow up everyone of you...this isn't some "PC" website; is is where you say what you think. And anyone who has watched, read, heard about, or know (yes, I SAID KNOW) this kid who doesn't think the same is lying to themselves, and anyone who reads their posts on here.

The Truth 67 - you clearly have a reading problem. The orignal blog post mentioned that Barbee recruited DC out of HIGH SCHOOL when Barbee was at Memphis. Obviously many people agree that you suck at life.




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2009 2:00 am
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

So point is, all Kentucky teams are terrible at basketball, agreed?




Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2009 12:12 am
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

You stay classy loserville




Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 10:53 pm
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

74-71 let it burn you inbread uk redneck we beat your sucky wildcats so piss off dipsh%%%TT




Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2009 6:03 pm
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

Man, TheTruth67 if you just need a reason to go after Memphis then start your own thread. If you (can) read the article it will become clear to you that Barbee recruited Caracter while at Memphis and the same time that UofL/every other school did. Caracter went to Barbee after he "left" UofL based on that relationship...

I have great respect for UK fans in general but dude try to stay focused through all 6 paragraphs next time.




Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 11:47 am
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

"meat grinder?"  i hope you meant cream puff. UK would not finish with a .500 in conference record in the BIG EAST. Furthermore, realize what thread your talking on




Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 11:44 am
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

as a long time CARD fan i hope the kid can get it together, play some basketball, and use these as great life lessons on the way.  We've all made mistakes' but mine weren't national news. were yours?




Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 11:39 am
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

"According to the above logic, I suppose Murray State is the best team in KY because they beat WKU, but I wouldn't expect a Kentucky fan to know much basketball outside of the meat grinder that is the SEC."

That does sound silly, because I love following college ball.  There is an interesting argument here.  WKU is 2-1 in the state, beating UL and Campbellsville yet losing to Murray.  Murray is also 2-1 in the state, beating WKU & EKU yet losing to Morehead.  Initially it looks like WKU has the better win of the 2 (obviously), and it kind of looks like Murray has the worse loss (Morehead?  really?).  So, when confronted with all the facts, I would still say WKU could be considered the state of KY "champs."  As if anyone cared.  However, Murray has 2 games remaining against EKU & Morehead, so they could improve on their record (or fail miserably).

The moral of the story is that  don't think I sounded silly at all, except to be having this discussion on a UTEP thread.




Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 6:46 am
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

And people say us cards fans are amirror to uk fans! Notice how it was a uk fan we jump all over this!!! The hate just spewed from him. Shows you just how much they are the "best" fans in college basketball.




Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 2:11 am
 

Caracter enrolled at UTEP; could play next season

right on! way to take the high road. i really pity fans and teams that can't give a penitent individual the same second chance that they would want extended to their son or daughter in similar circumstances.  i hope caracter redeems himself and shows some, well, um character.  I guess.  and how fitting at UTEP where they have a history of bringing in people other teams don't want.  at Utep they not only flourish, but accel.



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