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College Basketball Transfers: Robert Carter Jr. plans to visit South Carolina

The sophomore from Georgia Tech intends to take a look at South Carolina over the weekend as he considers where to continue his college career.

Robert Carter Jr. represents an excellent opportunity for the Gamecocks to improve their post play... in 2015-16.
Robert Carter Jr. represents an excellent opportunity for the Gamecocks to improve their post play... in 2015-16.
Streeter Lecka

After the departure of Jaylen Shaw to Coastal Carolina and Desmond Ringer to Mercer, the Gamecocks find themselves with one additional scholarship available for the 2014-15 season, assuming that Carlton Geathers' career has come to a close.  While former five-star recruit from Houston Danuel House continues to consider the Gamecocks, South Carolina plans to host another possible highly regarded transfer this weekend.

Robert Carter Jr. signed with Georgia Tech as a five-star power forward from Snellville, GA in the class of 2012, and made an immediate impact for the Yellow Jackets, playing over 26 minutes a game and scoring 9.9 points a game, good for second on a Georgia Tech team that struggled to score in Brian Gregory's second year at the helm.  

A knee injury knocked Carter out for the middle part of the season, ruining the Jackets' hopes for a run at post-season play, but he continued to produce in the games where he made it onto the court, improving his shooting and rebounding while taking on additional offensive responsibilities (as he increased his possessions used from 21.8% in 2013 to 24.2%, with almost no uptick in his turnovers).

Robert Carter Jr. MPG PPG %Poss 2P (%) 3P (%) FT (%) OReb% DReb% Blk%
2013 26.4 9.9 21.8% 103-207 (50%) 18-64 (28%) 46-74 (62%) 8.0% 20.6% 4.1%
2014 26.8 11.4 24.2% 86-161 (53%) 14-53 (26%) 49-75 (65%) 8.3% 28.3% 4.6%

Carter plays a huge position of need for the Gamecocks, though won't provide the immediate help that Danuel House would bring - he'll have to sit out a year per NCAA eligibility rules, and then will have two years remaining in his eligibility beginning in the 2015-16 season.  He'd join a very experienced frontcourt that season that would potentially include three seniors (Michael Carrera, Mindaugas Kacinas, and Laimonas Chatkevicius) alongside another junior (Demetrius Henry).

Carter is also considering transferring to Maryland and Kansas State.  While he would not help the 2014-15 Gamecocks in the same way that Danuel House can, if he decides to come to Columbia, he'd likely help man a formidable front line for South Carolina in the 2015-16 season.