Caracter cleared to play Sunday for UTEP
Posted on: December 12, 2009 2:49 pm
Derrick Caracter, once considered among the best high school players in the country, has been cleared to play at UTEP, Miners coach Tony Barbee told CBSSports.com on Saturday.
Caracter will debut Sunday against New Mexico State.
The 6-foot-9 forward spent his first two years of college at Louisville, but never met the standards set forth by Rick Pitino. After his sophomore season, Caracter was essentially asked to leave the program. After a period of uncertainty, he landed at UTEP primarily because of Barbee, who had recruited the New Jersey native while serving as an assistant at Memphis under John Calipari.
UTEP is 5-0 heading into Sunday's matchup with New Mexico State. Caracter averaged 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game during his final season at Louisville. He is officially listed as a junior who should be eligible the rest of this season and all of next season.