5 Questions With Pro Prospect Darian Cartharn
In four years, Darian Cartharn has played college basketball at almost every level against some of the best players in the country.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Training with Trey Burke and Traevon Jackson since high school has prepared Cartharn for his upcoming senior season.
Darian Cartharn came out of Canal Winchester high school in Ohio as one of the five best guards in the state. In 2009, Cartharn was Ohio Central District and District 10 Player of the Year and earned a McDonald's All-American nomination after averaging 16 points, five assists and five rebounds per game as a senior.
The 6-0, 197 pound guard attended Wright State and played limited minutes as a freshman. Prior to his sophomore year, Cartharn tore his ACL during the 2010-2011 preseason and sat out his second college season as a medical redshirt.
When head coach Brad Brownell left to take the vacant head coaching job at the University of Clemson, Cartharn decided to leave Wright State and he transferred to Salt Lake Community College. In his sophomore season he averaged 9.5 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.9 rebounds a game for a Bruins team that went 22-9.
"D.C." spent the 2012-13 season playing for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Cartharn averaged a team-best 14.9 points per game and made 77 three-pointers, which ranks second on the UMSL single season charts. He also averaged 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, including 38.9 percent from three-point range.
Since his senior year of high school, Cartharn has been trained by one of the best basketball trainers in the Midwest, Anthony Rhodman. Rhodman, CEO and owner of We Are God's Image training, has also worked with Utah Jazz first round draft pick Trey Burke and current University of Wisconsin starting guard Traevon Jackson.
HoopsVibe: You've played Division I, JUCO and now Division II; what is the biggest difference in terms of talent?
Darian Cartharn: "There really isn't much of a difference talent wise because everyone at those levels is a good player. The biggest difference is athleticism. The higher you go up, the more athletic everyone is. And also, how good the big men are. There are big guys at every level, but what separates them is athleticism. Some of the best big men I played with were in JUCO."
HV: Of any NBA player past or present, who would you say your game is most similar to?
DC: "Definitely Tim Hardaway Sr. We're about the same size, physical, but can step back and knock down the three."
HV: How is your knee?
DC: "My knee is better than it was before because I'm in the best shape I've ever been in, overall. My trainer Anthony Rhodman and I have been working hard since 2008, but especially in getting my knee healthy again, it isn't even something I think about on the court anymore. I just thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for surrounding me with good people and keeping me healthy; it's a blessing."
HV: How does it make you feel to see the success that Trey Burke and Traevon Jackson are having?
DC: “All three of us have been working together for four or five years, with Anthony that whole time. It feels great because we started out just doing it every day, really living it every day, staying prayerful and now we're starting to see the results of it. We keep up with each other, especially during the summer, it's like a family. We're three guys who started out from the bottom and really chased our dreams and we’re starting to see them come true. And I just give all the glory to God.”
HV: Who is the best player you've ever played against at any level?
DC: "(Current Sacramento King) Isaiah Thomas, no doubt. We played against each other in high school AAU tournaments and he was just unbelievable. You didn't even have to know anything about basketball to see how good he was; even if you just walked in the gym, you could just see it. He was so fast, but he made people play to his speed. No one was going to hurry him or get him out of his game."
Reach out to Darian on Twitter: @D_Cartharn614
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