Team-to-team “trades” cannot technically happen in the world of college basketball. After all, the NCAA would vehemently block any sort of discussion between two universities about dealing one player for another, but on Thursday, the completion of a virtual trade took place, as former Maryland power forward Charles Mitchell elected to transfer to become a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Interesting trade pulled off by Maryland and Ga Tech. Terps get Robert Carter for Charles Mitchell. Wonder if there’s a future pick involved
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 12, 2014
As noted (in joking fashion) by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, former Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter elected to transfer to Maryland earlier in the off-season, and Mitchell’s arrival in Atlanta completes the trade. The biggest wrinkle with Mitchell’s arrival is that the 6-foot-7 power forward elected to move on as a result of a sick grandmother, and as a result, he could potentially apply for a waiver that will make him immediately eligible for the 2014-2015 season.
Regardless of when he becomes eligible, Georgia Tech is acquiring a potentially important piece, as Mitchell averaged more than 6 rebounds per game as a sophomore with the Terrapins. The Yellow Jackets were in desperate need of a frontcourt piece in the wake of the transfer of Carter and the graduation of potential NBA draftee Daniel Miller, and head coach Brian Gregory could certainly use the infusion of ready-made talent that Charles Mitchell could provide.
It may not have been a straight “trade”, but this swap could work out well for both programs.