Mar 4, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Robert Carter, Jr. (4) posts up against Syracuse Orange forward Rakeem Christmas (25) during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. Georgia Tech won the game 67-62. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech Basketball: Robert Carter Jr. needs to take leadership role for Jackets


With Daniel Miller, Trae Golden and Kammeon Holsey gone from Georgia Tech because of graduation, heach coach Brian Gregory is going to be looking for someone to step up into the leadership role for his club. Gregory should look no further than junior power forward Robert Carter Jr.

Why Carter? It is really simple when you think about it. He has the best game of anyone that is returning to the squad next season and, quite frankly, health permitting of course, should be an All-ACC performer next season. Carter, while he was available for the team, was the most impressive player on the floor not named Daniel Miller. He led the Jackets in points and boards logging 11.4 points and 8.4 boards per contest.

Carter’s game shows a lot of promise with his ability to bang down low on the block and get on the offensive and defensive boards. Also the ability to stretch the defense with his three-point shooting ability is going to come in handy next season. Carter should look to be more aggressive next year on the offensive end with the skill set that he brings to the court.

It will be interesting to see if Carter worked on his ball handling and range during the offseason because, if he did, he will become more of a complete player and a tough guard for the opposition next year.

Stretch forwards are the trend now in basketball and Carter has the skills and potential to be one of the better stretch forwards in college basketball next season. Coach Gregory should be expecting him to up his scoring average from 11.4 to at least 16.0 points or better next season. In reality that is only two or three extra buckets per night and Carter is surely capable of increasing his output by that much.

Next season, expect to see a more aggressive Robert Carter Jr. on the offensive end. He could be a double-double machine next year and quite possibly All-ACC first or second team before it is all said and done. Those are goals that he could obtain.

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