2005 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 15, 2005, ended with the championship game on April 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis; the Final Four consisted of Illinois, the overall top seed and in the Final Four for the first time since 1989, making their first appearance since winning the national championship in 1986, North Carolina, reaching their first Final Four since their 2000 Cinderella run, Michigan State, back in the Final Four for the first time since 2001. North Carolina emerged as the national champions for a fourth time, defeating Illinois in the final 75-70. North Carolina's Sean May was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Coach Roy Williams won his first national championship. For the first time since 1999, when Weber State defeated North Carolina, a #14 seed defeated a #3 seed when Bucknell upset Kansas.
A #13 seed, advanced by defeating Syracuse in the first round and a #12 seed, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the Chicago region. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a postseason tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. Two teams played an opening-round game, popularly called the "play-in game"; this game has been played at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio since its inception in 2001. All 64 teams were seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals; the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. The 2005 regionals, along with their top seeds, are listed below. Chicago Regional Albuquerque Regional Syracuse Regional Austin Regional Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held April 2–4 in St. Louis.
The 2005 play-in game was played on Tuesday, March 15, at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, as it had been since its inception in 2001. The first and second-round games were played at the following sites: March 17 and 19 McKale Center, Arizona RCA Dome, Indiana Taco Bell Arena, Idaho Wolstein Center, Ohio March 18 and 20 Charlotte Coliseum, North Carolina DCU Center, Massachusetts Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Gaylord Entertainment Center, Tennessee The regional final sites, named after their host cities, were: March 24 and 26 Albuquerque Regional, University Arena, New Mexico Chicago Regional, Allstate Arena, Illinois March 25 and 27 Austin Regional, Frank Erwin Center, Texas Syracuse Regional, Carrier Dome, New York Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four at the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, hosted by the Missouri Valley Conference; the semi-final games were held on April 2 and the final on April 4, 2005. The Edward Jones Dome became the 34th venue to host the Final Four, which returned to St. Louis for the first time since 1978, although it has not returned since.
For the first time since 1989, there were no new venues used. To date, 2005 marked the last time that four arenas - Allstate Arena, Charlotte Coliseum, DCU Center, the Wolstein Center - were used; the Charlotte Coliseum shut down that year, replaced by what is now known as the Spectrum Center in downtown Charlotte. The other three venues all are still open, although games have moved to the United Center in Chicago and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland since, Worcester not having as many amenities as nearby Boston and Providence, both of which now host games. University of Dayton Arena, Ohio March 17, RCA Dome, Indianapolis Illinois 67, Fairleigh Dickinson 55 Illinois, up only 32–31 at halftime, pulled away in the second half behind 19 points from Dee Brown and 13 from Luther Head. Nevada 61, Texas 57 Down 57–53 with 2:24 to play, the Wolf Pack of Nevada came from behind to win despite a sub-par game from star Nick Fazekas. March 17, Wolstein Center, Cleveland Milwaukee 83, Alabama 73 The Horizon League champion Panthers pulled the upset behind 21 points apiece from Ed McCants and Joah Tucker.
Boston College 85, Penn 65 Boston College steamrolled Ivy League champion Penn with a balanced attack, getting 18 points from Jared Dudley, 15 points from Craig Smith, 14 points from Sean Marshall. March 17, Taco Bell Arena, Boise UAB 82, LSU 68 UAB led throughout with Marvett McDonald scoring 21 points, including five three-pointers. Arizona 66, Utah State 53 Arizona started slow, but secured the win led by Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire each scoring 17 points. March 18, Ford Center, Oklahoma City Southern Illinois 65, Saint Mary's 56 SIU broke a late tie with St. Mary's to earn the victory. Oklahoma State 63, SE Louisiana 50 Oklahoma State jumped out to a 9-point halftime lead and built on it from there behind Ivan McFarli
Arnett Nathaniel Moultrie is an American professional basketball player who plays for Kalev/Cramo of the Latvian–Estonian Basketball League and the VTB United League. He played college basketball with Mississippi State. In Moultrie's junior season at Raleigh-Egypt High School, he averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. In his senior season, he averaged 8 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. In Moultrie's freshman season at UTEP, he averaged 8.2 rebounds per game. He was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. Moultrie averaged 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in the College Basketball Invitational as UTEP lost in the final round to Oregon State. In his sophomore season at UTEP, Moultrie averaged 6.7 rebounds per game. In the Conference-USA Tournament, Moultrie averaged 12.0 points per game and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Moultrie was forced to sit out a season after transferring to Mississippi State. In his first and only season playing for Mississippi State, Moultrie averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
He was named to the All-SEC men's basketball team. On March 28, 2012, Moultrie decided to enter his name in the 2012 NBA Draft. Moultrie was drafted with the 27th pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Miami Heat, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Justin Hamilton and a future first-round draft pick. On December 21, 2012, Moultrie was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, he was recalled on January 6, 2013. On February 4, 2014, he was assigned to the Delaware 87ers. On February 9, 2014, he was recalled by the 76ers. On February 21, 2014, Moultrie had his first career start. In 31 minutes, he recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in a 112-124 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On March 15, 2014, he was reassigned to the 87ers. On March 31, 2014, he was suspended for five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. On April 6, 2014, he was again recalled to the 76ers. On October 27, 2014, he was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Travis Outlaw, a 2019 second-round draft selection and the option exchange 2018 second-round draft selections.
Upon acquisition, he was waived by the Knicks. On December 16, 2014, he signed with the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. On December 5, 2015, Moultrie signed with Al-Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon. In March 2018, Moultrie signed with the NLEX Road Warriors of the Philippine Basketball Association as their import for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. In November 2018, Moultrie signed with Kalev/Cramo of the Latvian–Estonian Basketball League and the VTB United League, his first game for the team was in the VTB United League as he scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes against Parma as Kalev/Cramo won 93–82. Moultrie represented the U-19 United States national team at the 2009 U-19 World Championship held in New Zealand, where they won the gold medal. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
El Paso, Texas
El Paso is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County, United States, in the far western part of the state. The 2017 population estimate for the city from the U. S. Census was 683,577, its metropolitan statistical area covers all of El Paso and Hudspeth counties in Texas, has a population of 844,818. El Paso stands on the Rio Grande across the Mexico–United States border from Ciudad Juárez, the most populous city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua with 1.4 million people. Las Cruces, in the neighboring U. S. state of New Mexico, has a population of 215,579. On the U. S. side, El Paso metropolitan area forms part of the larger El Paso–Las Cruces CSA, with a population of 1,060,397. Bi-nationally, these three cities form a combined international metropolitan area sometimes referred to as the Paso del Norte or the Borderplex; the region of 2.5 million people constitutes the largest bilingual and binational work force in the Western Hemisphere. The city is home to three publicly traded companies, former Western Refining, now Andeavor. as well as home to the Medical Center of the Americas, the only medical research and care provider complex in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, the University of Texas at El Paso, the city's primary university.
The city hosts the annual Sun Bowl college football post-season game, the second oldest bowl game in the country. El Paso has a strong military presence. William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss call the city home. Fort Bliss is one of the largest military complexes of the United States Army and the largest training area in the United States. Headquartered in El Paso are the DEA domestic field division 7, El Paso Intelligence Center, Joint Task Force North, United States Border Patrol El Paso Sector, the U. S. Border Patrol Special Operations Group. In 2010 and 2018, El Paso received an All-America City Award. El Paso ranked in the top three safest large cities in the United States between 1997 and 2014, including holding the title of safest city between 2011 and 2014; the El Paso region has had human settlement for thousands of years, as evidenced by Folsom points from hunter-gatherers found at Hueco Tanks. The evidence suggests 10,000 to 12,000 years of human habitation.
The earliest known cultures in the region were maize farmers. When the Spanish arrived, the Manso and Jumano tribes populated the area; these were subsequently incorporated into the Mestizo culture, along with immigrants from central Mexico, captives from Comanchería, genízaros of various ethnic groups. The Mescalero Apache were present. Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate was born in 1550 in Zacatecas, Zacatecas and was the first New Spain explorer known to have observed the Rio Grande near El Paso, in 1598, celebrating a Thanksgiving Mass there on April 30, 1598. However, the four survivors of the Narváez expedition, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alonso del Castillo Maldonado, Andrés Dorantes de Carranza, his enslaved Moor Estevanico, are thought to have passed through the area in the mid-1530s. El Paso del Norte was founded on the south bank of the Río Bravo del Norte, in 1659 by Fray Garcia de San Francisco. In 1680, the small village of El Paso became the temporary base for Spanish governance of the territory of New Mexico as a result of the Pueblo Revolt, until 1692 when Santa Fe was reconquered and once again became the capital.
The Texas Revolution was not felt in the region, as the American population was small. However, the region was claimed by Texas as part of the treaty signed with Mexico and numerous attempts were made by Texas to bolster these claims. However, the villages which consisted of what is now El Paso and the surrounding area remained a self-governed community with both representatives of the Mexican and Texan government negotiating for control until Texas irrevocably took control in 1846. During this interregnum, 1836–1848, Americans nonetheless continued to settle the region; as early as the mid-1840s, alongside long extant Hispanic settlements such as the Rancho de Juan María Ponce de León, Anglo settlers such as Simeon Hart and Hugh Stephenson had established thriving communities of American settlers owing allegiance to Texas. Stephenson, who had married into the local Hispanic aristocracy, established the Rancho de San José de la Concordia, which became the nucleus of Anglo and Hispanic settlement within the limits of modern-day El Paso, in 1844: the Republic of Texas, which claimed the area, wanted a chunk of the Santa Fe trade.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo made the settlements on the north bank of the river part of the US, separate from Old El Paso del Norte on the Mexican side. The present Texas–New Mexico boundary placing El Paso on the Texas side was drawn in the Compromise of 1850. El Paso remained the largest settlement in New Mexico as part of the Republic of Mexico until its cession to the U. S. in 1848, when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo specified the border was to run north of El Paso De Norte around the Ciudad Juárez Cathedral which became part of the state of Chihuahua. El Paso County was established in March 1850, with San Elizario as the first county seat; the United States Senate fixed a boundary between Texas and New Mexico at the 32nd parallel, thus ignoring history and topography. A military post called "The Post opposite El Paso" was established in 1849 on Coons' Rancho beside the settlement of Franklin, which became the nucleus of the future El Paso, Texas.
Don Haskins Center
The Don Haskins Center known as the Special Events Center, is the home of UTEP Miners men's and women's basketball. The venue is located in the heart of Texas. In addition to hosting sporting events, the Don Haskins Center is used by many area schools, such as El Paso Community College, for graduation and commencement ceremonies. Due to its large seating capacity, the center is the city's premier entertainment venue and has hosted big-name acts such as pop star Shakira's Tour of the Mongoose, Oral Fixation Tour and The Sun Comes Out World Tour, Britney Spears during her Circus Tour, comedian George Lopez and rock band KISS. Built in 1977, as the Special Events Center, the venue replaced Memorial Gym; the Special Events Center was renamed after UTEP's Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins in 1998. Haskins, best known for starting five African-American players in the 1966 NCAA Championship game against Kentucky, was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 and retired from the university in 1999.
The arena was the site of a milestone win during the 1997–1998 season, as coach Haskins notched his 700th career victory against SMU. The arena was the site of the 1984, 1985, 1990 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournaments and the 2011 and 2014 Conference USA tournaments, it hosted NCAA Men's Basketball tournament first- and second-round games in 1981. In September 2008 Don Haskins lay in state there for several days after dying of natural causes; the Haskins Center features a Robbins Bio-Channel Star maple floor, installed in the summer of 2002, as well as two modern locker rooms, training facilities and basketball coaches' offices. The game-day environment for basketball was enhanced in recent years with the addition of four new scoreboards and two video replay boards to the arena; the arena now has a total of seven electronic scoreboards. While it had been built as an alternative to the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, which at the time was the larger of the two arenas, today the Haskins Center is the dominant concert venue in the area and the Pan American Center has been used as the alternative venue since that arena was renovated in 2006.
The concert capacity for both is nearly the same, as both hold up to 13,000. It is the regional stop for World Wrestling Entertainment when it visits the El Paso area; the Miner men's basketball team has posted a 476–140 record in 34 years at the arena. UTEP won 25 straight home games from January 23, 1987 to December 16, 1989; the Miners have posted undefeated home records in three seasons: 1983–1984, 1985–1986 and 1988–1989. They won the first 10 conference games they played there after joining Conference USA in 2005. UTEP has defeated many top-10 ranked teams in the Don Haskins Center over the years, including #10 Arizona, #5 Georgetown, #5 Wyoming and #9 Utah, among others. UTEP has attracted 5,592,257 fans in 34 seasons at the arena; the 11,892-seat arena has been sold out for UTEP basketball games 112 times. Shakira holds the record of having the most shows in the arena as a female artist with 6 in total, she performed in the arena for the first time with Tour of the Mongoose on November 15 and 16, 2002.
She returned to the arena in February 2003 for another sold out show. This made her being the female artist with most shows in the venue with one single tour, she kicked off her North American leg of Oral Fixation Tour in the venue on August 9, 2006. She brought The Sun Comes Out World Tour to El Paso on October 13, 2010. On, she added a second show on October 12, 2010 after the first show was sold out. Depeche Mode were scheduled to perform during their Touring the Angel Tour on May 2, 2006, with She Wants Revenge as their opening act, but the show was cancelled, due to scheduling issues. New Kids on the Block were scheduled to perform during their Full Service Reunion Tour on July 13, 2009, but the show was cancelled; the Cure played a memorable gig on May 17, 2016 for about three hours with 5 encores and 5 songs they hadn't played for at least nine years including "The Perfect Girl" which hadn't been played since 1990. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas UTEP Special Events - Don Haskins Center UTEP Athletics - Don Haskins Center
2004 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 16, 2004, ended with the championship game on April 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. A total of 64 games were played; the NCAA named, for the first time, the four tournament regions after regional site host cities instead of the "East", "Midwest", "South", "West" designations. It was the first year that the matchups for the national semifinals were determined at least in part by the overall seeding of the top team in each regional; the top four teams in the tournament were Kentucky, Duke and Saint Joseph's. Had all of those teams advanced to the Final Four, Kentucky would have played Saint Joseph's and Duke would have played Stanford in the semifinal games. Of those teams, only Duke advanced to the Final Four, they were joined by Connecticut, making their first appearance since defeating Duke for the national championship in 1999, Oklahoma State, making their first appearance since 1995, Georgia Tech, making their first appearance since 1990.
Connecticut defeated Georgia Tech 82-73 to win their second national championship in as many tries. Emeka Okafor of Connecticut was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player; as they had in 1999, Connecticut won their regional championship in Arizona. Two of the tournament's top seeds failed to make it past the opening weekend. Kentucky, number one seed of the St. Louis region, Stanford, #1 seed of the Phoenix region, both were defeated. Incidentally, both teams were defeated by schools from Alabama, as Kentucky fell to UAB while Stanford lost to Alabama. Due to their strong 2003–04 season, Gonzaga achieved its highest NCAA tournament seed until 2013 by receiving the #2 seed in the St. Louis region. Gonzaga would receive a #1 seed in the 2013 tournament; the team failed to advance beyond the first weekend of the tournament, however. The following were the sites that hosted rounds during the 2004 tournament: March 16 University of Dayton Arena, Ohio March 18 and 20 HSBC Arena, New York KeyArena, Washington Pepsi Center, Colorado RBC Center, North Carolina March 19 and 21 Bradley Center, Wisconsin Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri Nationwide Arena, Ohio TD Waterhouse Centre, Florida March 25 and 27 East Rutherford Regional, Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Phoenix Regional, America West Arena, Arizona March 26 and 28 Atlanta Regional, Georgia Dome, Georgia St. Louis Regional, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri April 3 and 5 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas San Antonio and the Alamodome became the hosts of the Final Four for the second time in 2004.
There were no new host cities in this tournament but there were three new venues. For the first time since 1970, the tournament returned to Columbus, this time at Nationwide Arena, home to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets and sister venue to the Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University. After a shorter absence of only five years, basketball returned to the Mile High City at the Pepsi Center, home to the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and for the first time since 1982, the tournament returned to Raleigh, North Carolina at the RBC Center, the off-campus home to the NC State Wolfpack, which replaced the Reynolds Coliseum, NC State's former basketball arena and the former site of tournament games in the city. This was the last tournament to feature games held at the TD Waterhouse Centre. *Florida A&M University won the Opening Round game. The America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, CAA, Horizon League, Mid-Continent, Ivy, MAC, MEAC, Ohio Valley, Patriot, SoCon, Southland, SWAC, Sun Belt conferences all went 0–1.
The columns R32, S16, E8, F4, CG stand for the Round of 32, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, Championship Game. At Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas April 3, 2004 Connecticut 79, Duke 78 With the Connecticut Huskies trailing by 8 points with less than 3 minutes to go, it looked as if the Duke Blue Devils were going to spoil Jim Calhoun's chance at a second national title. Connecticut's All-American center Emeka Okafor was limited to just 22 minutes because of early foul trouble, but he came up clutch with several big plays down the stretch and finished with 18 points and only 3 fouls. By contrast, all three of Duke's centers fouled out, including Shelden Williams, who committed his fifth foul with 3:04 to play. In addition, Duke went without a field goal for the last 41/2 minutes until Chris Duhon's meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was denied his 65th NCAA Tournament victory which would have tied him with Dean Smith for the all-time record, he broke that record.
Georgia Tech 67, Oklahoma State 65Will Bynum's layup in the final moments kept the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dream for a National Championship alive as they defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys, in a nail-biter, in the first of the National Semifinal doubleheader. Georgia Tech led for most
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament known and branded as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the national championship. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was the idea of Ohio State coach Harold Olsen. Played during March, it has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States; the tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences, 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These "at-large" teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee announced in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the "First Four" play-in games held in Dayton and dubbed Selection Sunday; the 68 teams are divided into four regions and organized into a single-elimination "bracket", which pre-determines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next.
Each team is "seeded", or ranked, within its region from 1 to 16. After the First Four, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at pre-selected neutral sites across the United States. Teams, seeded by rank, proceed through a single-game elimination bracket beginning with a "first four" consisting of 8 low-seeded teams playing in 4 games for a position in the first round the Tuesday and Wednesday before the first round begins, a first round consisting of 64 teams playing in 32 games over the course of a week, the "Sweet Sixteen" and "Elite Eight" rounds the next week and weekend and – for the last weekend of the tournament – the "Final Four" round; the Final Four is played during the first weekend of April. These four teams, one from each region, compete in a preselected location for the national championship; the tournament has been at least televised since 1969. The games are broadcast by CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV under the trade-name NCAA March Madness. Since 2011, all games are available for viewing nationwide and internationally.
As television coverage has grown, so too has the tournament's popularity. Millions of Americans fill out a bracket, attempting to predict the outcome of 63 games of the tournament. With 11 national titles, UCLA has the record for the most NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships; the University of Kentucky is second, with eight national titles. The University of North Carolina is third, with six national titles, Duke University and Indiana University are tied for fourth with five national titles; the University of Connecticut is sixth with four national titles. The University of Kansas & Villanova are tied for 7th with three national titles. Since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams, Duke has won five championships; the NCAA has changed the tournament format several times since its inception, most being an increase of the number of teams. This section describes the tournament as it has operated since 2011. A total of 68 teams qualify for the tournament played during April. Thirty-two teams earn automatic bids as their respective conference champions.
Of the 32 Division I "all-sports" conferences, all 32 hold championship tournaments to determine which team receives the automatic qualification. The Ivy League was the last Division I conference. If two or more Ivies shared a regular-season championship, a one-game playoff was used to decide the tournament participant. Since 2017, the league conducts their own postseason tournament; the remaining 36 tournament slots are granted to at-large bids, which are determined by the Selection Committee in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in tournament and dubbed Selection Sunday by the media and fans, by a group of conference commissioners and school athletic directors who are appointed into service by the NCAA. The committee determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket; the tournament is divided into four regions and each region has at least sixteen teams, but four additional teams are added per the decision of the Selection Committee.
The committee is charged with making each of the four regions as close as possible in overall quality of teams from wherever they come from. The names of the regions vary from year to year, are broadly geographic. From 1957 to 1984, the "Mideast" corresponding to the Southeastern region of the United States, designation was used. From 1985 to 1997, the Mideast region was known as "Southeast" and again changed to "South" starting from 1998; the selected names correspond to the location of the four cities hosting the regional finals. From 2004 to 2006, the regions were named after their host cities, e.g. the Phoenix Regional in 2004, the Chicago Regional in 2005, the Minneapolis Regional in 2006, but reverted to the traditional geographic designations beginning in 2007. For example, during 2012, the regions were named South, Midwest (St. Louis, Mis
Derrick Eugene Caracter is an American professional basketball player who last played for Capitanes de Arecibo of the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional. He played college basketball for Louisville and UTEP. Caracter played one season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. Caracter grew up in New Jersey, he played high school basketball at St. Patrick High School as a freshman, attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School as a sophomore before returning to St. Patrick's for his junior year. Caracter transferred to a boarding school, Notre Dame Preparatory School, during his senior year to focus on academics. In 2006, he began his college career at the University of Louisville, he withdrew from the 2008 NBA Draft and that summer left the University of Louisville. He enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso and, as required by NCAA regulations, sat out the 2008–09 basketball season, he became eligible to play in the second half of the 2009–10 season where he averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 27 games as a junior with the Miners.
In three college seasons, he averaged 5.6 rebounds in 80 games. Caracter was selected with the 58th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA draft, he joined the Lakers for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On August 15, 2010, he signed a rookie deal with the Lakers. On March 29, 2011, he was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League. On April 5, 2011, he was recalled by the Lakers, he was reassigned to the Jam the next day. On April 13, he was again recalled by the Lakers. On December 12, 2011, Caracter tore his left lateral meniscus during practice. Throughout rehabilitation he didn't return to play. On January 25, 2012, he was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders. On February 7, 2012, he was recalled by the Lakers and subsequently waived the same day. On February 22, 2012, he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On March 22, 2012, he was waived by the Vipers. On March 26, 2012, he was acquired by the Idaho Stampede. On April 21, 2012, he signed with Mets de Guaynabo for the rest of the 2012 BSN season.
In his debut, he recorded 5 rebounds in 19 minutes of play. On May 1, 2012, he left Mets de Guaynabo. In July 2012, he joined the Atlanta Hawks for the 2012 NBA Summer League, he signed with Guangdong Southern Tigers of China for the 2012–13 season. On November 19, 2012, he left Guangdong after one pre-season game. On December 4, 2012, he signed with Bnei Herzliya of Israel for the rest of the season. On August 26, 2013, he signed with Śląsk Wrocław of Poland. On September 4, 2013, he was released before playing in a game for them. On October 11, 2013, he signed with BC Pieno žvaigždės of Lithuania for the rest of the 2013–14 season. In December 2013, he left Pieno. On January 29, 2014, he was acquired by the Idaho Stampede. On September 19, 2014, Caracter signed a one-year deal with Flamengo Basketball of the Novo Basquete Brasil, he went on to help Flamengo win the 2014 FIBA Intercontinental Cup nine days before leaving the club in October 2014. He went on to have stint in Taiwan and Uruguay in early 2015 before signing with GlobalPort Batang Pier of the Philippine Basketball Association on March 11.
On October 31, 2015, Caracter was acquired by the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. On November 14, he made his debut for the BayHawks in an 83–79 loss to the Westchester Knicks, recording seven points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes. On February 2, 2016, he was waived by the BayHawks. In 24 games, he averaged 3.6 rebounds on 44 % shooting in 11.3 minutes of play. On February 24, he signed with Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim of the Liga Leumit. On September 6, 2016, Caracter signed with BC Prievidza of the Slovakian Extraliga, he left Prievidza after appearing in only two games, on October 5, 2016, he signed with Israeli club A. S. Ramat HaSharon of the Liga Leumit. On December 28, 2016, he left Hasharon and signed in Argentina with Atletico Echague Parana of the Liga Nacional de Básquet. On January 11, 2018, Caracter signed with Capitanes de Arecibo. NBA.com Profile Derrick Caracter on Twitter