Negatives: Has had countless issues with his coaches, as he has struggled throughout his career to maintain proper weight, thanks mostly to a poor nutrition program, along with poor work habits...Considered immature and a locker room problem...Feels that he has an entitlement due to his athletic skills and has several highly questionable red flags next to his name...Has a low, deliberate release when facing the basket and shows little desire to play defense (will simply flail his arms and draw fouls rather than get in position to contest shots)...Needs to be monitored constantly off the court and on it, his lack of discipline and poor body language soon impact his and teammates' performance...Poor passer and despite large, soft hands, he's had more than a share of turnovers caused by lackadaisical attitude fielding catchable passes...Undersized for an NBA center and is a better fit as a power forward in a half-court offense...Lacks good basketball IQ...Poor conditioning habits, along with a lack of intensity, will make him a liability on the defensive end...Seems disinterested in finding an open outlet and takes contested shots when better, open shots are available...Doesn't always follow rules and does not take well to hard coaching...After one of his numerous suspensions at Louisville, Caracter was brought back to the team under the urging of his teammates but broke curfew, reportedly twice in the same night, and was dismissed... Needs to become more accountable for his actions and must own up to responsibility if he hopes to make it out of an NBA camp...Disruptive presence whose talents do not outweigh the problems he can cause...Seems disinterested when not involved for long stretches and needs to be more aggressive crashing the offensive boards for put-backs and rebounds...Is caught out of position often and needs to show better confidence using his body to box out...Rare to see him put in any effort to go after the off-target rebounds...Liability shooting from the perimeter and prefers not to touch the ball when out of the paint...Will fight for the rebound if his mind is in the game, but at other times, he passively lets the opponent recover the ball.
Compares To: EDDIE GRIFFIN, ex-Minnesota -- Caracter is talented but could be heading down the same path as Griffin. There's no question Caracter has a tremendous amount of athletic ability, but he needs to be ready to face reality and accept accountability for his actions to stick around in the NBA. With his strength and inside scoring ability, along with his shot-blocking and rebounding skills, someone will bite on his talent. Will he become a true professional, which includes conditioning and year-round commitment to self and team? General manager will have to ask himself before selecting him if the baggage he brings is worth the price of having him on an NBA team.
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