Robert Carter, Jr.

Sophomore forward Robert Carter to leave Georgia Tech

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In 23 games last season Georgia Tech sophomore forward Robert Carter Jr. posted averages of 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, missing ten contests due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. Given the production while he was on the floor, Carter was expected to be a key player for Brian Gregory’s team as they look to improve their standing within the ACC.

However that won’t be happening, as it was announced by the school Tuesday that Carter has decided to transfer. After sitting out the 2014-15 season Carter will have two years of eligibility remaining at his next school.

“I would like to thank Robert for his time here at Georgia Tech, he has represented our program well. Although this is disappointing, we wish him the very best in his continued career,” Gregory said in the statement released by the school.

“Transferring has become commonplace; it is now part of the culture and fabric of the college basketball landscape,” Gregory continued. “You have to move on and keep building. Our returning players are poised to have exceptional seasons and we are excited about our incoming class and their ability to positively impact our program.”

The loss of Carter is a big one for Georgia Tech, which already had to account for the graduation of both Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey in the front court. With Carter’s decision to transfer the Yellow Jackets will be an even younger team inside, with incoming freshmen Abdoulaye Gueye and Ben Lammers likely to see even more playing time as a result.

Georgia Tech also returns 6-foot-8 forward Quinton Stephens, who’s considered to be a wing as opposed to a low-post player. Also expected back on the wing are Stacey Poole Jr. (will be a senior) and Marcus Georges-Hunt (junior).

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.