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The latest on sweepstakes for former Georgia Tech star Robert Carter

Robert Carter is one of the nation’s hottest basketball recruits after recently announcing his intentions to transfer from Georgia Tech.

More than 50 colleges have called to inquire about the 6-foot-8 forward, according to his AAU coach. Carter has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“Robert had people calling from all over the place after he got his release from Tech,” said his AAU coach, Winfred Jordan of the Atlanta Xpress. “Kansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Cal, USC, UCLA and Florida are some of them. Everybody has been trying to get in.”

Carter took an official visit to St. John’s last week. He will likely go on a recruiting trip to South Carolina on Saturday, and then tour Maryland on Monday. He’s also trying to schedule a trip to Kansas.

Robert Carter (4) is leaving Georgia Tech (AJC)

Robert Carter (4) is leaving Georgia Tech (AJC)

“He enjoyed St. John’s,” Jordan said. “He thought the chance to play his home games at Madison Square Garden was unbelievable. It’s a big market, and Robert is a Southern kid, and those things kind of impress you.

“But at the end of the day, we just want to make sure that Robert is in the right situation with the right kind of people so he can try to accomplish what his dream is – that’s to get to the next level for basketball.”

Carter has a connection with South Carolina. “Frank Martin coached him when he went out for the USA team two years in a row for the USA trials,” Jordan said. “There’s a relationship there. They get along very well. Frank Martin is a guy he respects. He knows Frank Martin’s history. He’s had a guys very similar to Robert, and Frank Martin put them in situations for them to play in the NBA.”

What about Maryland? “Maryland has the No. 8 recruiting class in the country coming in,” Jordan said. “That makes it interesting. And his former AAU and high school teammate, Trayvon Reed — that’s where he is going.”

Carter hopes to have a decision made by the end of June, at the latest.

“He will be enrolling in somebody’s courses at a college by late June,” Jordan said.

“He just wants to make sure to go somewhere where he feels comfortable. He does his own research, and then he comes back to me and asks me what I think. Then it’s all about what he feels he likes because it’s his decision.

“Whatever is going to make Robert happy is what he needs to do because in the end, he’s going to have to live with it.”

Carter averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds this past season at Georgia tech. He will have to sit out next season, per NCAA transfer rules.

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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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