It seems as though this offseason in college hoops has been about as exciting as NBA Free Agency with all the movement that has been going on. Robert Carter Jr. decided a couple of months back to transfer out of Georgia Tech and there has been a lot of speculation as to where he was going to play his next game.
That speculation has come to an end with Carter deciding to take his talent to College Park, MD to play for coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins. This means that Carter will still be in the Atlantic Coast Conference and could face Georgia Tech in the very near future.
Carter will have to sit out 2014-15 but will still have two remaining seasons of eligibility left. The transfer of Carter was a tough blow to the Yellow Jackets squad going into this season, and according to Carter’s AAU coach per the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he was truly considering coming back to Georgia Tech. But Carter in the end made his decision to transfer to Maryland.
AAU Coach Winfred Jordan of the Atlanta Xpress told the AJC:
“He made his decision early this morning when he woke up after giving it a lot of thought, He was ready to stop going back and forth, and he picked Maryland. I think he had a great visit there; he liked the team and he liked the players. He liked the coaches. He liked the team. It was a place where he could see himself excelling. In making a final decision, all he cared about was basketball. Once he saw that Maryland had two 7-footers there, along with a McDonald’s All-America point guard and other recruits coming in, he really felt good about it.”
The year off from hoop action is going to benefit Carter in the long run. He did injure his knee during the 2013-14 season with the Yellow Jackets. Though he did return before the season was over, we don’t know the extent of how damaged his knee truly was even though he gave it a go. The season off plus this offseason is going to give him close to 18 months to rest that knee and be ready for the 2015-16 season.
This had to be a tough decision for Carter who was loved at Georgia Tech. But the decision had to be more about his long term goals as a player, and less about any kind of feeling he may have toward the Tech program. The Yellow Jackets fandom should not take Carter’s defection personally, and when he comes back to play Tech as the opposition, he should be embraced when he returns to the flats.
Besides, if Charles Mitchell decides to transfer from Maryland to Georgia Tech, this is going to look more like a trade. So fans need to relax and stay tuned.