When Robert Carter Jr. decided to transfer there was a collective gasp from Georgia Tech basketball fans. There was a sense of uneasiness not knowing who was going to be the anchor for the frontline this upcoming season with Carter leaving.
Incoming freshman Ben Lammers is going to be a fine addition, but he is going to take a lot of development to put up the kind of numbers that the Jackets require. It is the same with freshman big man Abdoulaye Gueye, who shows a lot of promise coming into the program.
The Jackets were going to need a big man that could contribute now and head coach Brian Gregory got lucky when Demarco Cox decided to transfer from Ole Miss to Georgia Tech. At 6-foot-8, 275 pounds, Cox will definitely fit the bill size wise when it comes to replacing Robert Carter Jr.
There is a contrast in styles when you compare Cox and Carter, both with their positive and negative impacts on the team.
Carter at 6-foot-8 247 pounds is more of a scoring threat and has the ability to stretch the floor with his shooting stroke and range. Cox with his size and strength is more of a space eating banger in the paint.
In 26 minutes of work, Carter averaged 11.8 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 53.4% from the floor. Carter also was 14 of 53 (26.1%) from downtown last season.
Cox only averaged 4.2 points on 54.3% shooting and 3.9 boards last season with Mississippi in 16 minutes of play per game. You would have to think with the extended playing time he will see from Coach Gregory his numbers will go up however. Also, Cox has never attempted a 3-point shot in his collegiate career. Cox knows where he needs to be and that is down in the painted area throwing his weight around.
When you compare the stat lines of these two, Tech is losing an offensive force in Carter, who was probably going to take over the lead scoring role going into this season. But of course we will not know for certain if that truly was going to be the case.
Cox is going to have to make up for the loss of offensive firepower that left with Carter by being a menace on the offensive boards. He is going to have to get a lot of put-backs off missed shots to make up for a lack of point production. If anything at Ole Miss, Andy Kennedy used Cox to clog the middle and be physical in the paint. Brian Gregory is going to probably use him in that same capacity, but expect more rebounding production out of him.
Carter, and especially his offense, will be hard to replace, there is no doubt about that. But Cox, for what it is worth, will be able to ease the pain some. He may not bring the same offensive threat that Carter brought to the floor, but he is going to serve his purpose this season on The Flats.
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