What does the transfer of former Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter to Maryland mean for the Terps?
First off, unlike any of the current Terps insiders, Carter's done it. He already posted nearly 12 points per game and more importantly, 8.4 rebounds per as a sophomore at GT. We liked Carter a lot in high school. He's a big-bodied kid, but fairly mobile, and he has skills. He can pass the ball, he has range to 18 feet, he's tough on the boards, and he knows how to post and score in the paint.
Now, don't get me wrong, Carter is not Karl Malone, but we're talking about a 5-star kid coming out of high school who has been successful at a high level in college, albeit with a not-so-good program.
I think with Carter, Terps head coach Mark Turgeon can actually run some offense through him, which simply isn't the case with any of the current bigs, although perhaps in time, that can happen with Mikal Cekovsky.
It gives you options. When you need offense, Cekovsky and Carter can be your insiders, while Trayvon Reed and Damonte Dodd can protect the rim if you need a defensive stop. And the other good thing is that I don't see Carter's coming as being an impediment to Maryland's 2015 recruiting.
Other than perhaps 6-9 John Collins (Cardinal Newman/West Palm Beach, Fla.) there really aren't any other "pure" power forwards on the board. And who's to say Collins is chomping at the bit to become a Terp? Esa Ahmad (Shaker Heights, Ohio) is more of a small forward than power forward, and Jordan Murphy (Brennan/San Antonio, Texas) is mainly a 3-man as well.
So, you plug Carter in as an immediate starter in 2016, and it allows Cekovsky to play with a big body next to him who has proven he can excel at this level. Dodd and Reed are basically competing against each other for time at the "5."
Bottom line, despite all the transfers, all the turmoil, and the disappointing season, Turgeon has again reeled in an excellent player, but one who already has a proven track record at this level. If he and the staff can somehow lure Terry Henderson to follow, then suddenly 2015-16 is looking awfully good.
Analyzing Carter's Impact on Maryland
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