The news continues to worsen for the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team. Forward Robert Carter, Jr.–who had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Tuesday–was listed as being out indefinitely. Now head coach Brian Gregory says there is only a slim chance that Carter will be able to return to action this season.
Gregory said Carter will be evaluated over the next several weeks, but that priority is going to be given to making sure Carter’s future is protected and his knee is healthy.
“There’s a slight, very slight, possibility he might be able to play this year, but in my opinion we’re going to err on the side of caution when we’re dealing with a guy like Rob who has such a bright future,” Gregory told the Associated Press.
The sophomore was leading the ACC with 9.3 rebounds per game, as well as scoring 10.3 points per game prior to his injury in a game against Charlotte on Dec. 29, the last game before the Yellow Jackets began conference play.
Since Carter’s injury, Tech has lost two straight conference games by double-digit margins, and has was outrebounded for the first time this season in a 79-57 loss to the Duke Blue Devils.
The retooling of the team has been a difficult task, given the season-ending injuries to Travis Jorgensen and Corey Heyward, and now potentially losing Carter for the rest of the season as well. In a season that was supposed to be a turnaround year for the young Jackets, they are now staring down the barrel of perhaps their worst season since Gregory took over in 2011.
“You lose the ACC’s leading rebounder and now it’s everybody — it’s not Daniel, it’s not (Stephens) it’s not Kam — it’s everybody. We need our guards engaged and we need every tip-tap rebound.” Gregory said.
The right mix has to come soon, or things will spiral downward in a hurry. Tech plays their ACC home opener on Saturday against a very physical Notre Dame team.
Here is coach Gregory’s Jan. 9th press conference