Maryland has signed Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter, Jr., the program announced in a statement on Friday morning.
“We had a great visit with Robert and his parents, Robert Sr., and Linda, and welcome them to our family," head coach Mark Turgeon said in a release.
"Robert is a tremendous young man and he will be an outstanding teammate and leader. He is a complete player with a strong offensive skillset that complements his desire to rebound and defend. Our program is thrilled to have him as we transition into the Big Ten.”
This staff had had its eye on Carter, Jr., when the 6-8, 247-pound forward came out of high school, but he chose to sign with Georgia Tech at the time. Now with another opportunity following his transfer, Maryland was able to gain his signature.
Assistant coach Bino Ranson has strong connections to the state of Georgia, Carter's home, which has helped to land freshman center Trayvon Reed, former forward Charles Mitchell, and now Carter, Jr.
He averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season for the Yellow Jackets, a consistent double-double threat in the paint and a bigger offensive presence in the post than anyone Maryland had on its roster last season.
In compliance with NCAA transfer rules, he will redshirt this upcoming season and be eligible to play in games starting in 2015-16. He is scheduled to enroll in classes this summer.
“I decided to come to Maryland because of the relationship I developed with Coach Turgeon,” Carter, Jr., said in a statement. “I have watched and respected how he has developed players throughout his coaching career.
"I am looking forward to competing in the Big Ten and being a part of an outstanding program.”