COLLEGE PARK, Md- Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has announced the signing of power forward Robert Carter Jr.
This summer he will be eligible for the 2015-16 season as a junior and plans to enroll in the University of Maryland. A native of Thomasville, Ga., Carter averaged 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in two seasons at Georgia Tech.
“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 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 skill set that complements his desire to rebound and defend. Our program is thrilled to have him as we transition into the Big Ten.”
As a sophomore, Carter was averaging 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds despite missing ten games due to an injury. Prior to his injury he started in 44 consecutive games.
If he had played the minimum number of games to qualify, he would have ranked third in the ACC for his rebounding ability.
“I decided to come to Maryland because of the relationship I developed with Coach Turgeon,” Carter 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.”
Carter has been invited to the training camp of USA basketball twice, once in 2012 and again in 2013.
As a freshman he started in all 31 games averaging 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. He was also on the all freshman team the following season.
During his career with the Yellow Jackets, Carter has scored double digits 29 times with 12 double-digit rebounding games.
Carter is ranked 21st among the nation’s seniors and seventh among power forwards in his class, according to ESPN.
At Shiloh High School in Snellville, GA, he earned first team all state honors in class AAAAA.