If the transfer market in college basketball is like free agency in the NBA, the Maryland Terrapins are almost perpetual winners. First they landed Dez Wells; next they picked up Evan Smotrycz; now, Robert Carter Jr.
The Terps landed a major piece for their basketball team when Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr. reportedly committed to the university following his visit to campus earlier this week. Carter, a sophomore power forward, arrived in College Park early in the week, and took tours of the campus and housing locations, as well as participating in pickup games with the team. The writing was on the wall when Carter reportedly cancelled the remainder of his trips after his visit to Maryland. He was reportedly deciding between St. John’s, Maryland and South Carolina.
Carter, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets last season in spite of playing part of the season with an injured meniscus. The Terrapins recruited Carter heavily coming out of high school, where he was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and top fifty player; the Terps staff wasn’t missing out on Carter a second time.
Perhaps one of the factors that gave the Terps an edge was incoming freshman center Trayvon Reed. Both Reed and Carter attended the same high school in Georgia and played for the same AAU team growing up (Atlanta Xpress). Reed is younger than Carter, but the two are familiar with one another, having been teammates.
The acquisition is huge for a number of reasons, but specifically because the Terrapins now have a replacement for the impending departure of a senior Evan Smotrycz. Carter is a proven talent, and one that is arguably an upgrade at the power forward position. At 6’8ish and 250 lbs with a solid post game, Carter should step in for Maryland and become a stabilizing piece for the Terps after they lose two studs in Wells and Smotrycz. Of course, he’ll have to sit out a season before becoming eligible, but the wait will likely be worth it for the Terrapins.
Mark Turgeon continues to play the transfer market incredibly well, and it can’t be understated that, as picking up so-called “free agents” in college hoops because more prevalent, the Terps are great at it. Since Turgeon has arrived on campus, Maryland has picked up a quality transfer player in each of his seasons at the helm. It’s helped stock a cupboard at Maryland that was barren and mitigate losses from the Terps own roster due to transfer.
This is an A+ get, and Maryland fans should be pleased.
Update 1: Looks like Turgeon is:
Great players want to play at Maryland! Welcome to the @TerrapinHoops family Robert Carter Jr.
— Mark Turgeon (@CoachTurgeon) June 6, 2014
Update 2: So is Nima Omidvar (Terps new assistant coach):
— Nima Omidvar (@NimaOmidvar) June 6, 2014