While Maryland continues to look for a graduate transfer to fill a need in the backcourt in 2014-15, Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter might be part of the longer-term plan in College Park.
According to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com, Carter will head north to visit head coach Steve Lavin and St. John's, while Frank Martin's South Carolina and Mark Turgeon's Terrapins are also in the "mix" for his services as he makes the rounds before announcing his ultimate destination.
“My plans are just to open it up now and then just see who wants to recruit me and then make a decision based on who’s recruited me and then who has what I want, who can help me achieve my goals the best,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the process in an interview this week.
Maryland has a number of connections working in its favor.
With assistant coach Bino Ranson staying on staff after being considered a candidate for the open head coaching job at Coppin State, Maryland's ties to the state of Georgia remain strong. Ranson was the leader in the program's initial push for Carter out of high school before he chose Georgia Tech.
Now those same connections could prove important in landing him the second time around.
Rising junior Charles Mitchell and incoming freshman Trayvon Reed also hail from the state and both committed to Maryland in large part because of Ranson. Reed and Carter both spent time playing for the same AAU program, Under Armour-affiliated Atlanta XPress, during their prep days.
Were Carter to join the Terrapins, he would have to sit out a season due to standard NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season for the Yellow Jackets.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carter is barred from transferring to in-state foe Georgia or within the ACC. That, of course, now does not affect Maryland as the Terrapins move to the Big Ten.