In a move that seems to confirm his desire to be closer to home, a tweet from Evan Daniels reports that former Maryland forward Charles Mitchell will transfer to Georgia Tech. Daniels cites "multiple sources" reporting this information to Scout.com.
One way to look at this is to say that Maryland has essentially traded Charles Mitchell to Georgia Tech for Robert Carter, Jr. While past performance is no guarantee of future returns, let's see who we think might have gotten the better of this deal.
As a freshman, Mitchell played in 38 games for Maryland and started seven times. He averaged a tad under 16 minutes per game and scored 209 points for a 5.5 average. He shot 61 percent from the floor and made 54 percent of his free throws. Mitchell pulled down 204 rebounds - 77 on the offensive glass and 127 on the other end of the floor. His 5.4 average nearly matching his scoring output.
In his freshman year, Carter played and started all 31 games for the Yellow Jackets. He played a bit more than 26 minutes per game and scored 306 points almost 10 per game. He shot 44 percent from the floor including occasionally stepping out behind the arc where he made 28 percent. As a rebounder, he pulled down 59 offensive boards and 149 defensive rebounds averaging 6.7 per game.
Mitchell's numbers ran like this as a sophomore: 32 games played and 10 started. In 18.8 minutes per game he averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Eighty-two of his 209 rebounds were offensive boards. He nudged up his field goal percentage to 52 percent while seeing his free throw percentage plummet below 33 percent.
Carter had some injury problems this season and played in only 23 games while starting 18. He still managed to play almost 27 minutes per game when he did get on the floor. His shooting percentage increased modestly to 47 percent while his three point percentage dropped about one percentage point. He increased his scoring average to 11.4 points per game. Carter also improved on the boards jumping to 8.4 per game and more than doubling his offensive rebounds pulling down 149. He added 193 defensive boards.
It is possible that Mitchell will be granted a hardship and be allowed to play this season. Carter will assuredly have to sit out a year. However, to my uneducated eye, it looks like the Terps got the better end of the bargain.