When you're a "5-star-can't-miss-prospect" in the 88th grade, you're always just trying to live up to the hype.
Derrick Caracter was supposed to be the chosen one at the University of Louisville. But his character was often questioned during his time with the Cardinals, with numerous random suspensions revealing a rift between the power forward and UofL coach Rick Pitino.
Caracter left the program after two below average seasons with the Cards, and after transferring to UTEP, was given a second chance.
And not just any second chance. He has a chance to play for the premier franchise in the NBA, with the league's most successful coach, and arguably its best player.
And playing for Los Angeles has allowed Caracter to team up with a familiar face… Lakers' big man, Andrew Bynum, played against Derrick in high school in New Jersey, and has seen his turnaround first-hand.
"He's handling it well," Bynum said. "And that's both on and off the court. He'll be alright."
And that's all Derrick Caracter has ever wanted… To be alright as he continues his pursuit of "live-up-to-the-hype" status, all while living his dream.