Posted: 11:11 am Friday, June 6th, 2014

Former Georgia Tech basketball star Robert Carter picks Maryland (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

Former Georgia Tech basketball standout Robert Carter will transfer to Maryland, his AAU coach confirmed to the AJC.

Carter committed to Maryland on Friday, one day after returning from an official visit with the Terrapins. He also took recruiting trips to St. John’s and South Carolina.

“He made his decision early this morning when he woke up after giving it a lot of thought,” Atlanta Xpress AAU coach Winfred Jordan told the AJC. “He was ready to stop going back and forth, and he picked Maryland.

“I think he had a great visit there; he liked the team and he liked the players. He liked the coaches. He liked the team. It was a place where he could see himself excelling.”

Robert Carter (4) will transfer to a former ACC member (AJC)

Robert Carter (4) will transfer to a former ACC member (AJC)

“In making a final decision, all he cared about was basketball. Once he saw that Maryland had two 7-footers there, along with a McDonald’s All-America point guard and other recruits coming in, he really felt good about it.”

Carter had also strongly considered returning to Georgia Tech and was scheduled to meet with the Yellow Jackets on Monday.

“He really was looking at going back to Tech,” Jordan said. “I think that as the visits went on, that thought was always in the back of his mind. He never wanted to express it, but the thought was constantly in the back of his mind of possibly going back to something he was familiar with.

“That was very, very close to happening. He was going to talk with them, but once he got back from Maryland and talked with his family, they decided to go that way.”

The 6-foot-8 Carter will enroll at Maryland on July 11. He will have to sit out next year and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

At Maryland, Carter will be reunited with his former teammate from AAU and Shiloh High School, 7-footer Trayvon Reed. Carter, who averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds at Georgia Tech last season, is expected to have a big role with the Terrapins.

“I think it’s pretty cut and dry with how Robert will fit in at Maryland,” Jordan said. “They won’t have a guy in his position after he sits out a year and if he comes in ready to play. Robert will be one of the featured guys there.”

Maryland has had a mass exodus of players since the end of last season, with five players decided to transfer. Carter’s coach thinks that has to do more with the incoming recruiting class rather than internal problems.

“They lost five guys, that’s correct,” he said. “But they’ve brought in the No. 8 recruiting class in the country. I think that scared off a lot of those guys. They were bringing in a lot of talent, and those other guys didn’t feel like they were going to get the minutes they needed. Who wants to split minutes with a freshman? I wouldn’t.”

  • RELATED: Georgia Tech got some good news on Friday when Alabama transfer and South Atlanta High School forward Nick Jacobs committed to the Yellow Jackets. He’s Georgia Tech’s third transfer addition since the end of last season.

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49 comments
FrankieB
FrankieB

Since when is a player that averages 11 points and 8 rebounds a game a star..?

FBYJ
FBYJ

College basketball is going in a bad direction, but I don't know how to change it.  Too many players enter their college program knowing that they really only have to maintain academic eligibility for one semester in order to complete their "one and done" commitment.  Additionally, there are now 1.5 players per team who transfer to other programs during the off-season.  While Tech has brought in more transfers than its lost over the last few years, it is apparent that each year there is less and less loyalty between players and schools.  I can't imagine Shaq playing college ball for anyone besides LSU, or Laettner transferring from Duke ... and heaven forbid that Mark Price or John Salley had walked away from Bobby Cremins and the Yellow Jackets.  Perhaps I'm just old-fashioned, but I wish we could do something to restore a greater of institutional loyalty among the kids of this generation.


HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Despite (one of my alma maters) having two 7-footers and a quality point guard, Mr. Carter would do well to consider the educational aspect of being at Maryland and take full advantage of that first ---- the basketball will fall into proper place.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Big Crimson, please take M. Banning and your Big Mouth and try your best to refrain from being Tech fans. We don't want or need you.

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

So Carter thinks Maryland gives him the best chance of going to the tournament ?

jerunamo
jerunamo

How care. He doesn't play for Tech anymore. Let him go and focus on the team. He made his decision so let him be. I'm tired of hearing about him. Go Jackets!!!!

electric1234
electric1234

Maryland is better than UGA, if he pursued his degree.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Good News.

Serves all those GT "fans" right for blasting Maryland when they left the ACC.

Carter is the best GT BB Player since Bosh.

2 years of CBG's non-sense was enough to bounce for the better situation.

7mm08
7mm08

why did  Carter leave tech?

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

I'm glad this is done and over with that way we all don't have to listen to Carter's mouth piece, aka Winfred Jordan, anymore.  I found it funny he did every bit of the talking and Carter did none after his initial announcement to leave Tech.  I'm sure Jordan is happy, big fat payout from Under Armour which is mostly likely what he was most concerned with from the start.  Good luck to Carter, he was a solid player and the Tech faithful wish him the best.

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

Can't argue with the decision.  His listed priority was to join a team that he'd get national exposure and make the NCAA tournament.

With this last class coming in now and Carter getting on the court in '15...Maryland is about to be a force in the Big 10 and national scene.

Caius
Caius

Carter is leaving a team that would be forced to play him at center for a team that will play him at PF.  I am sure he sees any future in the NBA at PF and not center. He is not the first, nor will he be the last, player to transfer for those reasons.


Good luck to him.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Maryland is likely a good fit for Carter - a good program in a power conference, guys playing center so he can play forward and he gets to wear UA

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

I said the reasons Carter put forth for leaving Tech were not the real reasons and this seems to confirm what I thought.

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

Sounds like a mistake to me.......I think he should have stayed at GT.


Good Luck Robert

DavidWesly
DavidWesly

Being from Maryland and a member of the band and having traveled with the teams. He is going to love the Comcast Center... though I still like Cole better. Wish I could get up there more.

mikeholland
mikeholland

AAU coach gets paid by Under Armour.  Steers his player towards an Under Armour program.  Y'all know how this works.  Once his son Pierre was out the door, the AAU coach is no longer loyal to GT because we don't pay his bills.

RationalThoughts67
RationalThoughts67

Sounds like to me that he realizes that he isn't tall enough to play center/PF in the NBA and wants to play small forward - something that wasn't going to happen at GT this year.

GTBob
GTBob

"Maryland has had a mass exodus of players since the end of last season, with five players decided to transfer. Carter’s coach thinks that has to do more with the incoming recruiting class rather than internal problems."


lol. You've gotta be kidding me.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Good Luck in the B1G....I hope he likes some UGLY Uniforms...LOL

Hope you can make your dreams come true.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Hope he enjoys being a turtle, good luck to him.

GTfan2013
GTfan2013

St. Johns, USC, and Maryland.  What do these schools have in common?  Does it have something to do with the logo on their uniform, perhaps?  Hmmmm....

GTBob
GTBob

Carter wanted to go to a team with a better chance of making the NCAA tournament and improving his chances at the NBA, so he chooses a team that just went 17-15, hasn't made the tournament in 4 years, and has already had 5 players transfer out during this offseason. I hope his AAU coach is getting a nice payout for this.

GTAlum
GTAlum

Interesting.  Maryland was only a couple of games better than us last season and doesn't project to benefit much of a competitive advantage over the next few seasons by moving to the Big 10.  I don't know what their recruiting looks like.  Maybe he thinks he can push them over the top into the tournament.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@BigCrimson75 

I like how you put quotes around fans when you yourself claim to be a Tech fan even though you weren't able to name 5 Tech football players a year ago and referred to Gotsis as "the Aussie kid." 

GTBob
GTBob

@BigCrimson75 I like Carter but he might not even be in the top 10 Tech players since Bosh.

GTBob
GTBob

@7mm08 Like ChopChamps said, his agent Winfred Jordan thought it would be better for him to go somewhere that makes Jordan more money.

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

@7mm08  Because Winfred Jordan wanted a bigger payday from Under Armour

GTBob
GTBob

@P_The_Ricker It doesn't usually work that way. LSU had a better class in 2013 then Maryland did for 2014 and they were a moderately competitive SEC team. If you are relying on one class to make you a good team then it better be as good as Kentucky's.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

@PaulinNH  It is and he has an easier road to the tournament this way. Still kind of crappy that he left his teammates for that though at Tech. I don't agree with it.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

@GTBob  Honestly, an easier road to the NCAA. Not saying they will make it but better than facing the daunting ACC schedule for a program in what could be described as rebuilding and lower on the totem pole in the ACC.


Before you get pissed......UGA would be the basement dweller. I know.

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@GTBob @P_The_Ricker understand your point, but i see md doing well with this class and carter coming in.  i have a respect for turgeon's coaching and a very low respect for recent b-ball out of the big 10.  yes, wisc and mich have been forces of late, but everyone else has been more middle of the pack...even mich st. 

i wouldn't be as optimistic if md was staying in the acc.

GTBob
GTBob

@PaulinNH I wouldn't put him above Gani Lawal, Anthony Morrow, or Daniel Miller either.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@P_The_Ricker 

Michigan State is "middle of the pack".  Do you mean the team coached by a guy in the Hall of Fame that lost in the Elite 8 to the eventual NC?  The same team that has finished 1st, 1st, 4th, 1st, 2nd and 2nd in the B1G in the last 6 years?  That Michigan State?

GTBob
GTBob

@P_The_Ricker Maryland barely finished over .500 this year, 5 of their players transferred, they haven't made the tournament in 4 years and they are about to be a force. Mich St made it to the elite eight losing by 6 points to UConn, the eventual champion and they are middle of the pack? Did I read that right?

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@GTBob @P_The_Ricker 4 of the 5 transfers were basically walked to the door.  i understand what has happened in the last 4 years....but I'm looking ahead...not in the past.

the incoming class is well-balanced and carter turns a #8 class into a top 5 class.  add the coaching element and there you go

GTBob
GTBob

@twelveofthirteen I honestly don't think Tech or Maryland have much of a chance at making the tournament in the next two years. Maryland is a program in disarray right now. They have been a fairly mediocre team since Gary Williams left, and now 5 of their players are all bailing at the same time including their second leading scorer. The Big 10 has been really strong the last few years. It isn't going to be any easier there. 

If he truly wanted to make the tournament then maybe he would have opened up his recruitment to some non under armour schools that actually have a good chance of making it.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@P_The_Ricker

Ah - so you judge the success and ability of a team by whether you like the coach?  You must think UK and Duke are terrible.

GTBob
GTBob

@P_The_Ricker The incoming class is good but not that overly incredible. There are no 5 star recruits or top 30 players, but it is a solid group of guys. Adding Carter doesn't send it into UNC/Kentucky range. And no, I don't think all 5 of Maryland's transfers were forced to transfer. That notion is as ridiculous as Mich St being an average team.