Size: 6-9 (possibly 6-8)
Age: 19 years old (turns 20 May 4th)
Team: Louisville (27-8)
NBA Position: Power Forward
Stats: 8.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, .9 blocks, .5 assists, 1.8 turnovers, 56% FG, 64% FT, 17 minutes
Chances of returning to school: 0%. The question here is more will Louisville want him back rather than will he have any type of choice. I have never seen anyone so far behind in the game of life, said Louisville coach Rick Pitino about him.
Most college athletes have things like enjoys playing chess, and feeds homeless children in his free time on their college bio--Caracter has Missed 16 games as a freshman due to off the court issues, playing in 18 games overall missed five days in late December when he was given an indefinite leave of absence by Pitino so he could address personal issues missed six games in Jan./Feb. after breaking the contract he had signed to remain on the team and Lost more than 50 pounds, down from 318 pounds when he arrived on campus as a freshman, to his playing weight of 265 with less than 10 percent body fat on his.
Caracter likely made a fool of Rick Pitino one time too many, with Samardo Samuels coming in, there doesnt appear to be any real need for him. He played a stopgap role out of convenience for both parties this season when David Padgett was injured or needed a blow on the bench, but it was pretty obvious that he wont be welcomed back. He was suspended numerous times over the past few years, and after being brought back to the team under the urging of his teammates, and signing a contract, broke his curfew not once, but twice in the same night. Here is a full transcript of a press conference Rick Pitino had on the subject, which goes into a lot more depth.
For Caracter to even be on this list while his team is still alive in the NCAA tournament tells us all we need to know basicallyhe could have waited until the season is over as is the norm before announcing the inevitable, but in typical fashion, decided to march to his own drum.
Some team might take a gamble on him in the 2nd roundcertain teams who dont mind cutting corners will take anyone with a pulse if they think they have talent, regardless of chemistry issues or distractions it might causebut how long he sticks in the NBA is anyones guess. He could also just as easily go undrafted. Luckily for him, there will always be an overseas market for back to the basket centers who can score, but hell never play at as high a level or make as much money as he should if he doesnt change his ways dramatically. Then again he could always mature at some point but thats a big maybe if history is any indication.
Early Projection: 35-Undrafted
Source: Jeff Goodman (Fox Sports): Louisville sophomore Caracter to go pro
Age: 23 years old
Team: UAB (23-11)
NBA Position: Shooting Guard
Stats: 21.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.9 turnovers, 41% FG, 40% 3P, 86% FT, 35.5 minutes
In Short: Strong shooting guard with solid size for his position, but below average athleticism. The 2nd most prolific 3-pointer shooter in the NCAA amongst all draft prospects at 4.3 per game. 2/3rds of his field goal attempts came from behind the arc, which tells you how reliant he is on that part of his game. Regardless, hit a good percentage at 40%. Can get and hit contested shots in a variety of waysoff screens, pulling up off the dribble, or on the catch and shoot. Average ball-handler who struggles creating his own shot and finishing due to his below average athleticism. Lateral quickness is questionable, leaving his ability to defend NBA shooting guards a mystery.
Chances of returning to school: 85%. All indications from the article declaring his intentions to enter the draft are that he is planning on being back next season if hes not projected as a first round pick, which is unlikely. Like many other juniors well see testing the waters this spring, Vaden has nothing to lose, so there is no reason for him not to use his draft card as a means of drawing exposure, possibly get an invite to the pre-draft camp, and help prepare him for next year through the experience hell garner, when hell be in for goodas long as he doesnt hire an agent.
Early Projection: Late 2nd round to undrafted
Source: Steve Irvine (Birmingham News): UAB's Vaden will test NBA Draft waters.