With the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team about to head into conference play after some shaky work during the early non-conference schedule, the last thing they needed was more bad injury news. Unfortunately, that is the case. CollegeBasketballTalk.com is reporting that starting C/F Robert Carter, Jr. will be out indefinitely with a torn meniscus.
Carter, a 6’8 sophomore from Thomasville, Ga., injured his knee on Sunday against Charlotte and an MRI on Tuesday revealed the tear. He is scheduled to have surgery next Tuesday to repair the knee.
“He’s a tough kid, and this hit him pretty hard,” said head coach Brian Gregory. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him this year. He’s changed his body, he’s become more aggressive on the glass, and his stats clearly show that he was having a tremendous sophomore season for us. He’s a big part of what we do both offensively and defensively. We won’t know exactly what the nature of the injury is until the surgery occurs.”
Losing Carter will have a huge impact on this team, which has already shown a dependency on the inside game, and on Carter and fellow big, Daniel Miller, to dominate the paint and the glass. The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time either, with the Jackets set to travel to Maryland and Duke to open up ACC play.
This means that much more is going to be expected of reserve forwards Quinton Stephens and Kammeon Holsey in Carter’s absence.
Carter is averaging 10.3 points and 9.3 rebounds, which leads the ACC this season. He’s been a starter in all 44 games of his Georgia Tech Tech career.