Lakers select Texas El Paso's Derrick Caracter with the 58th pick
The Lakers selected Texas El Paso junior forward Derrick Caracter with their second selection in the second round, the 58th pick overarll, despite General Manager Mitch Kupchak's earlier contention that the team's backcourt served as the team's biggest need.
Caracter, who spent his first two seasons at Louisville, averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds as he earned second-team All-Conference USA honors and shot a second-best 56.7% from the field during league play. He's known to have good footwork, post moves and agility.
Says Times columnist Mark Heisler of the 6-foot-9, 275-pounder: "Caracter is very strong, has good vision ... There are concerns about his conditioning and weight, which has neared 300 pounds and takes away from his mobility, and some question his attitude, too."
Photo: Texas El Paso forward Derrick Caracter demonstrates his skills during a pre-draft workout with the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this month. Credit: Chuck Burton / Associated Press