Robert Carter has dropped nearly 20 pounds during time at Maryland

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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.