Robert Carter Jr., a transfer from Georgia Tech, has announced that he will be transferring to Maryland. Carter had been previously considering St. Johns, South Carolina, and Kansas, as well as Maryland.
Carter Jr. joins an impressive Maryland recruiting class that ranks 9th in the nation (according to ESPN). The class includes only one 5-star recruit, but has now 6 new incoming players for next season, including 5 freshman.
Maryland’s head coach Mark Turgeon said, in the Washington Post regarding Carter’s visit to Maryland’s campus,
“We just had a tremendous visit, and I had a great relationship with Robert over the last two or three weeks, whenever he got his release”
Turgeon also laid out his plan for Carter, telling him that he wanted him to teach the younger big men on their roster, as well as help lead Maryland back to national relevance.
Carter averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds last season for the Yellow Jackets. Kansas was looking to add him as a possible reserve big man to back up Perry Ellis and freshman Cliff Alexander and compete with Jamari Traylor for backup minutes.
His choosing Maryland over Kansas doesn’t really hurt Kansas and Bill Self’s 2014 recruiting class as a whole.
Self’s recruiting class is impressive in itself, already being rated 5th in the nation (according to ESPN) without Carter Jr. Bringing in the #3 (Cliff Alexander) and #11 (Kelly Oubre) overall recruits will by far out-shadow Carter’s decision of choosing Maryland over Kansas.
He probably mad the right decision for himself because at Kansas, he would have gotten much less playing time than he will most likely get with Maryland. He also will be one of the best players on the roster, which will get him uch more notoriety and more looks from NBA scouts.