The timing for Georgia Tech men’s basketball losing 6-foot-8 Sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr. to a torn meniscus couldn’t be worse. The Yellow Jackets are about to go into conference play–beginning with Maryland and Duke–without one of their major cogs.
Robert Carter, Jr. brought toughness to the interior play of Georgia Tech, averaging 10.3 points and a team high 9.3 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. He also led the team with 94 total defensive rebounds, in total steals with 14, and was second with 1.3 blocks per game this season.
His game complimented center Daniel Miller perfectly down on the blocks. Coach Brian Gregory would play a lot of high/low action with Carter and Miller, and was able to do that because Carter could knockdown a 15-17 foot jumpshot and is also a nice passer for a big man from the high post. Carter finished pretty strong around the rim when he would get the ball with deep position. But the one thing that Georgia Tech is going to miss the most with Robert Carter, Jr. out of the lineup is his physicality.
With Carter out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, Gregory will be looking for Kammeon Holsey and Quinton Stephens to play bigger roles for Georgia Tech on the frontline. Holsey, especially, is going to have to become more aggressive and be huge on the defensive glass now with Carter gone. Daniel Miller is really going to have to make an effort to stay out of foul trouble, as he is virtually the only big man option offensively that Georgia Tech is going to have down on the block.
The team is going to have to use this as a rallying point. When you lose one of your best players, other players must step up to fill that void. This is going to be a tough blow for the Yellow Jackets to overcome.