Brian Gregory has been working with what many consider to be subpar talent while at Georgia Tech, and on Tuesday afternoon, a bombshell dropped concerning the best returning player in the program. In a statement released by the university, Gregory announced that rising junior forward Robert Carter Jr. has elected to transfer from the program.
“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 unknown as to where Carter will be headed after leaving Atlanta, but regardless of where he lands (and he will be forced to sit out a year per NCAA rules), it is an enormous blow to Tech’s on-court product. Carter averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore, and with Daniel Miller and Trae Golden exiting the program, he was set to be relied on as the top returning player in both scoring and rebounding.
Carter battled some injury woes (missing ten games) during his sophomore year, but double-double threats don’t come along terribly often in college hoops, and the Georgia Tech program is reeling a bit with this news. Stay tuned for updates as they arrive.