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Maryland lands Georgia Tech PF transfer Carter Jr.

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Maryland lands Georgia Tech PF transfer Carter Jr.

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Signs Transfer Robert Carter, Jr.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has announced Friday the signing of transfer power forward Robert Carter, Jr.

A Thomasville, Ga., native, Carter, Jr., (6-8, 247) averaged 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in two seasons (54 games, 49 starts) at Georgia Tech. Carter, Jr., will be eligible for the 2015-16 season as a redshirt junior and will enroll at the University of Maryland this summer.

“We’re excited to welcome Robert to the University of Maryland men’s basketball program,” Turgeon said. “We had a great visit with Robert and his parents, Robert Sr., and Linda, and welcome them to our family. Robert is a tremendous young man and he will be an outstanding teammate and leader. He is a complete player with a strong offensive skillset that complements his desire to rebound and defend. Our program is thrilled to have him as we transition into the Big Ten.”

Carter, Jr., took his game to another level as a sophomore in 2013-14, averaging 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds despite missing 10 games to a torn meniscus midway through the season. He would have ranked third in the ACC in rebounding if he had played the minimum number of games to qualify statistically.

“I decided to come to Maryland because of the relationship I developed with Coach Turgeon,” Carter, Jr., said. “I have watched and respected how he has developed players throughout his coaching career.  He has been a very successful head coach and I like his style of play.  I am excited about the freshman class coming in and the current players we have on our team. We have a great opportunity to win and be successful.  I am looking forward to competing in the Big Ten and being a part of an outstanding program.”

A versatile player with a complete skillset, Carter, Jr., has twice been invited to participate in training camp for USA Basketball. He was invited to the Under-19 team to prepare for the FIBA Americas U19 Championships in the summer of 2013 and also participated in the USA Under-18 team trials in the summer of 2012.

As a freshman at Georgia Tech, he started all 31 games and averaged 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. He was named to the Coaches ACC All-Freshman team following the season.

Carter, Jr., scored double-digits 29 times during his career with the Yellow Jackets, and also totaled 12 double-digit rebounding games. He had started 44 consecutive games prior to his injury.

Ranked 21st among the nation’s seniors and seventh among power forwards in the class of 2012 according to ESPN, Carter, Jr., earned first team all-state honors in class AAAAA as a senior at Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga.

-Maryland-

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Maryland faces another key test Wednesday at Georgia Tech

Posted on 26 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (19-8, 7-7 ACC) at Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-10 ACC)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 • 8 p.m. ET

Game #28 • Road Game #8 • Atlanta, Ga. • McCamish Pavilion

TV: ACC Network – Tim Brando (Play-by-Play) & Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst) Flagships
Storyline

• Maryland heads down the final stretch of the regular season as it travels to Georgia Tech for what will be the first of three road games over the next 12 days. The Terps improved to 19-8 overall and evened their conference record at 7-7 with a 72-59 win over Clemson last Saturday, behind a season-high 18 points from Nick Faust.

• Against the Yellow Jackets, Maryland will be looking to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2009-10, when it went 24-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in four of the last five seasons and seven of the last nine. The exceptions are last season, Turgeon’s first at Maryland, and 2006-07, his last at Wichita State. As many as six ACC teams could reach the 20-win mark by the end of the week; Miami and Duke are already there, while North Carolina, Virginia and NC State also have 19 wins. Last year, five league teams won 20 games.

• Faust led the way against the Tigers, making 7-of-10 shots including a career-high tying four 3-pointers. He also added three assists, a season-high three steals and a block, and in the past game has eight assists without committing a turnover. Dez Wells, meanwhile, had seven assists and just one turnover, as Maryland finished with 19 assists and a season-low eight turnovers as a team.

• Maryland’s freshmen combined for 33 points against Clemson, led by Jake Layman’s 12 and Shaquille Celare’s 10, while Charles Mitchell added eight points and seven rebounds. The Terps have relied upon freshmen and sophomores throughout the season, with 80 percent of their scoring coming from underclassmen.

• The Terps have shot better than 40 percent in eight of the last nine games and rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .471. Twice in the past six games, Maryland has shot better than 60 percent, hitting .673 vs. Wake Forest (2/2) and .600 vs. Duke (2/16).

 

Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 39-35. The series dates back to 1972. Since 1996, the Terps have owned the upper hand, going 23-7 against Tech. Maryland has also won 11 of the last 13 meetings.

• Maryland and Georgia Tech split the series last season, with each team holding court at home. The Terps won 61-50 in College Park, while the Yellow Jackets won 63-61 in Atlanta.

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