Charles Mitchell was one of a handful of Terrapins to leave the Maryland program following the 2013-2014 season. Unlike his former teammates, Mitchell will be eligible to play this season after being granted a waiver, according to a report on Friday afternoon from Andy Katz of ESPN. Georgia Tech made the official announcement on Tuesday.
“We are thankful that the NCAA has supported and granted Charles’ waiver for immediate eligibility,” Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said in a statement. “Coming back home to Atlanta will give him the opportunity to assist his family while achieving some tremendous academic and athletic goals.”
The 6-foot-8 Mitchell was given his release from Maryland in late May. The Marietta, Georgia native landed in-state several weeks later, forming a rare college basketball trade as former Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter Jr. had transferred to Maryland six days prior.
Mitchell joins a four-man incoming class, which includes three-star big men Ben Lammers and Abdoulaye Gueye. Four-star shooting guard Tadric Jackson headlines the class. Ole Miss transfer Demarco Cox also enrolled at Georgia Tech this fall, and is immediately eligible under the graduate transfer rule.
The addition of Mitchell — along with the 6-foot-8 Cox — provides added experience to what would have been an undersized frontline. With the loss of Carter, Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey, the Yellow Jackets were without their top three rebounders from a season ago.
Mitchell averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game as a sophomore at Maryland. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Less than a week after it was announced that former Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter Jr. would be transferring to Maryland, a former Terrapin forward has decided to join the Georgia Tech program.
Charles Mitchell, who posted averages of 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Maryland, is now a Yellow Jacket according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-8 Mitchell, who is a native of Atlanta, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. In the release announcing his decision to leave College Park, Mitchell noted the health of his grandmother as one of the reasons for the move.
“I loved playing for Coach. He is a great man and great coach. The reason I decided to leave Maryland is to be near my grandmother who has been ill over the past year,” Mitchell said in the release. “Knowing that she raised me and is still a very big part of my life, I decided to move closer to home. It’s important for me to be there for my grandmother and to help support my family. I didn’t want to leave, but I have to put my family first.
“I really enjoyed playing with my teammates and I’ve had a lot of great memories over the last two seasons. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and wish Maryland nothing but success in the future.”
The question now is whether or not this leads to Mitchell applying for a waiver that would allow him to play immediately. And given Georgia Tech’s lack of front court depth (and experience), this may be an avenue Mitchell and his new school look to pursue.
In addition to Carter Jr. the Yellow Jackets lost Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey (graduation), leaving small forward Marcus Georges-Hunt as their most experienced returnee at the forward and center positions. In addition to Mitchell, Georgia Tech landed commitments from transfers Demarco Cox (Ole Miss; he’ll be eligible immediately) and former Alabama forward Nick Jacobs. Also of note is the fact that former ECU forward Robert Sampson will be eligible after sitting out last season.
Georgia Tech also adds two freshman big men in Ben Lammers and Abdoulaye Gueye.
Charles Mitchell became the latest departure from the Maryland program when he announced his transfer last week. The sophomore forward was looking to return closer to his home in Atlanta to be with his grandmother.
“I loved playing for Coach [Mark Turgeron]. He is a great man and a great coach. The reason I decided to leave Maryland is to be near my grandmother who has been ill over the past year,” Mitchell said in a statement issued by the university on Thursday. “Knowing that she raised me and is still a very big part of my life, I decided to move closer to home. It’s important for me to be there for my grandmother and to help support my family. I didn’t want to leave, but I have to put family first.”
Less than a week on the market and Alabama, Auburn, College of Charleston, Georgia and Georgia Tech have become five schools Mitchell is considering, according to Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports.com. Mitchell has not scheduled any visits to this point, but it appears Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech are currently the favorites.
Auburn has been a very active program since hiring Bruce Pearl (despite his show-cause penalty), in contention for several notable transfers, including New Mexico State guard K.C. Ross-Miller, who committed to the Tigers on May 19. Georgia Tech is looking to replace Robert Carter Jr., who left the Yellow Jackets after his sophomore season. Coincidentally, the 6-foot-8 forward is considering Mitchell’s former school, along with other high-major programs. Georgia finished third in the SEC standings, and graduates one starter — second-leading rebounder Donte’ Williams — from last season’s 20-win team.
Mitchell could apply for a hardship waiver, and would have two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-8 ex-Terrapin averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He is the fifth player to leave Maryland this spring.