After a strong finish to his sophomore season, Georgia Tech Robert Carter has elected to play out the rest of his career elsewhere.
Carter averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season, in which he missed 10 games due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Carter will have to sit out a year and then will have two more years of eligibility after that. He joins a swelling pool of players seeking transfers, who are not only players seeking more playing time. Duke was bolstered this season, for instance, by Rodney Hood, who left Mississippi State after averaging 10.3 points per game as a freshman.
“I would like to thank Robert for his time here at Georgia Tech, he has represented our program well,” coach Brian Gregory said in a statement. “Although this is disappointing, we wish him the very best in his continued career. Transferring has become commonplace; it is now part of the culture and fabric of the college basketball landscape. You have to move on and keep building. Our returning players are poised to have exceptional seasons and we are excited about our incoming class and their ability to positively impact our program.”
It is undoubtedly a huge loss for the team, which was looking to Carter to provide scoring, rebounding and leadership with the graduations of big men Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey. Carter was the linchpin in Gregory’s first recruiting class, the No. 33 player in his class, according to ESPN.