Maryland has high expectations entering the 2015-16 season, in-part because of Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter.
The 6-foot-8 forward sat out last season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, but he’ll be able to play this season and the Terrapins could insert him into the starting lineup as a key piece next season. During his season away from playing in games, Carter spent at least five days a week working with Maryland’s director of basketball performance, Kyle Tarp.
In a story from Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Carter reveals that he’s lost nearly 20 pounds since arriving at Maryland and he’s dropped his body fat percentage from 18 to 12 percent. Tarp also said of Carter that he’s “the strongest guy on the team, it’s not even close.”
With the hard work of Carter, the addition of five-star big man Diamond Stone and the return of junior starter Damonte Dodd, the Terps will have a very tough front line next season. With Carter being a little bit on the heavy side during high school and at Georgia Tech, it’s a positive development for Maryland to have him in better shape for the upcoming season. Carter should be able to last longer in games and play at a higher level for longer periods of time.
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.
When sophomore forward Robert Carter decided to leave Georgia Tech, he immediately became a coveted transfer.
Winfred Jordan, who coached Carter’s AAU team, Atlanta Xpress, told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution this week that more than 50 programs have reached out to the ex-Yellow Jacket.
While many schools have expressed interest, the 6-foot-8 Carter has only visited two schools — expecting to visit another — as he looks to make a decision in the coming weeks.
“He will be enrolling in somebody’s courses at a college by late June,” Jordan told Carvell earlier this week.
Carter has previously visited St. John’s, and has spent the weekend in South Carolina. He will also make a trip to Maryland, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
According to the AJC, Carter enjoyed St. John’s, intrigued by the possibility of playing many of his future home games inside Madison Square Garden. Carter has known South Carolina head coach Frank Martin for several years through their time with USA Basketball. Another connection exists at Maryland where Carter’s former AAU teammate, Trayvon Reed, is one of several four-star commits in the Terrapins’ incoming class who looks to help combat the mass exodus of transfers from this spring.
Carter will have two years of eligibility remaining once he sits out the 2014-2015 season. He averaged 11.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game this past season. Carter also had the seventh-highest defensive rebounding percentage in the country, per kenpom.com