It seems like a lifetime since the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were at or near the top of college basketball, but if their latest defection is any indication, it could be a long time before Brian Gregory and company can restore the program to prominence. On Tuesday, the school announced that their best returning player, rising junior forward Robert Carter Jr., has decided to transfer from the program.
“I would like to thank Robert for his time here at Georgia Tech, he has represented our program well. Although this is disappointing, we wish him the very best in his continued career,” Gregory said in the statement released by the school.
“Transferring has become commonplace; it is now part of the culture and fabric of the college basketball landscape,” Gregory continued. “You have to move on and keep building. Our returning players are poised to have exceptional seasons and we are excited about our incoming class and their ability to positively impact our program.”
To be honest, expectations were already quite low for the Jackets heading into the 2014-2015 season, but without Carter (who averaged more than 11 points and 8 rebounds per game as a sophomore), things could get ugly in Atlanta. Georgia Tech is already set to lose by Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey up front to go along with Trae Golden on the perimeter.
It will be incredibly interesting to see who pursues Carter, who will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-2015 campaign, but his absence will severely hamper Georgia Tech.