Georgia Tech head basketball coach Brian Gregory is counting on the old saying “When one door closes, another opens” to have some truth to it.
After the punch-in-the-gut announcement that PF Robert Carter, Jr. was going to transfer from the Flats, Tech had a visit from Ole Miss transfer Demarco Cox on Thursday, and all indications are that everything went well, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Cox’s AAU coach Ohmar Carter spoke to the AJC’s Ken Sugiura, and made it sound very positive for the Yellow Jackets, telling Sugiura that Tech is a priority because of “being in Atlanta and playing in the ACC and playing in a conference where you get to play against the best talent in the country every night.”
This could be a godsend for Gregory, who was going to be scrambling to find a way to replace the production provided by Carter during the last two seasons, and which was certainly going to increase next year.
Cox is on schedule to graduate this year, which means he would be immediately eligible to play in the 2014-15 season, and would not need to sit out a season. At 6-foot-8 and 276 pounds, Cox would fill in the big hole left by Carter nicely…and then some. Let’s not forget Gregory still has to contend with replacing the bulk down in the paint that used to be Daniel Miller, another way Cox would be very useful to the Jackets.
Last season for Ole Miss, Cox got 16 starts, with playing time in every game, and averaged 4.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game. He shot 54.3 percent from the field but only 52.2 percent on free throws. Must be something about big men and the charity stripe.
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