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Maryland transfer eligible this season at Georgia Tech

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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.

Reports: Former Maryland forward Charles Mitchell picks Georgia Tech

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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.

Maryland transfer Charles Mitchell considering Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech

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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.

Maryland loses forward Charles Mitchell, adds grad transfer Richaud Pack

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Thursday’s been a busy day for the Maryland basketball program, as Mark Turgeon announced both an addition and a departure. The addition is former North Carolina A&T shooting guard Richaud Pack, who averaged 17.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season. As a graduate transfer he’ll be eligible immediately, giving the Terrapins at the very least additional depth and experience on the perimeter.

We’re excited to welcome Richaud to the University of Maryland,” Turgeon said in the release. “He comes from a great family and I really enjoyed getting to know Richaud and his mother, Kaija, during this process. Richaud is a great shooter and scorer and will fit in well with our team and system.

“He will have an opportunity to further his education in business administration, a field he is very passionate about.”

Maryland’s lost three players from its backcourt this offseason, with Seth Allen (Virginia Tech), Nick Faust (undecided after originally committing to Oregon State) and Roddy Peters (South Florida) all deciding to transfer. That left Jake Layman, Dez Wells and some talented yet inexperienced options, point guard Romelo Trimble, shooting guard Dion Wiley and wing Jared Nickens, in the perimeter rotation prior to the addition of Pack.

As for the departure, that would be rising junior forward Charles Mitchell who according to the release looking to join a program closer to his native Georgia due to the health of his grandmother. Mitchell averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season, starting ten of the 32 games in which he played.

“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.”

Mitchell’s departure leaves Maryland with seniors Evan Smotrycz and John Graham, sophomore Damontre Dodd and freshmen Michael Cekovsky (whose addition was also announced Thursday) and Trayvon Reed in the front court, with Mitchell joining Shaquille Cleare (Texas) as big men who have led the program since the end of the season.

The 2014-15 season, Maryland’s first as a member of the Big Ten, will be an important one as Turgeon looks to lead the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance during his tenure.

Maryland’s Charles Mitchell to play Sunday following heated sideline exchange with assistant

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Maryland’s 64-47 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night was full of positives, with one notable exception: sophomore forward Charles Mitchell did not play in the second half after getting into a heated exchange with assistant coach Scott Spinelli.

Head coach Mark Turgeon asked Mitchell to return to the locker room, with the forward returning to the bench halfway through the second half with special assistant Juan Dixon.

On Thursday it was reported by Daniel Martin of CSN Baltimore that Mitchell, whose status for Sunday’s game against No. 5 Virginia was unknown, will face no further punishment and is allowed to play. According to the report the player and head coach discussed the matter on Thursday.

The original meeting between Turgeon and Mitchell to discuss the issue was scheduled for Wednesday, but the head coach was on the road recruiting. Thus, the meeting was pushed to Thursday.

Mitchell has been a solid reserve for the Terrapins this season, posting averages of 6.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in nearly 19 minutes of action per game. However in the first meeting between the Terrapins and Cavaliers, a 61-53 Virginia win on February 10, Mitchell was relatively quiet with two points and five rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

Mitchell’s scored in double figures three times in ACC play, most recently posting consecutive 12-point outings in games against Duke and Wake Forest in mid-February.

Charles Mitchell’s status with Maryland unclear after heated sideline exchange

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Maryland forward Charles Mitchell was removed from the bench and sent to the locker room before the first half of Tuesday night’s game against Virginia Tech.

Mitchell could be seen on the bench exchanging words with assistant coach Scott Spinelli, yanking his jersey off in the tunnel as he walked back into the locker room. According to Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post, Mitchell sat with special assistant Juan Dixon in the locker room even after the second half began, returning to the bench midway through the second half wearing warmups.

“I’m not going to get into details, but it was just something that just had to have some discipline involved,” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “I asked him to go to the locker room.”

“I just met with Charles. You know, we’re going to sleep on it and we’re going to talk tomorrow. Charles and I will handle it. We don’t know yet.”