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Maryland basketball's Robert Carter Jr. signs deal in Italy

Carter will join a pair of college standouts.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Former Maryland basketball forward Robert Carter Jr. has signed a deal with Enel Basket Brindisi of Serie A in Italy, per a release. The terms of his contract are not listed.

He will join former Iona guard A.J. English and former Syracuse forward and Celtics second-round pick Kris Joseph.

Carter was not drafted in June, reportedly turning down the Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets offers to draft him in the second round and "stash" him overseas for a season.

Instead he signed on to a partially guaranteed deal with the Golden State Warriors and participated in Las Vegas Summer League. In five games he averaged 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in 11 minutes.

Signing in Italy may not be the NBA contract Carter had hoped for, but it's a chance for him to play major minutes to develop his play and get paid for his talents. There's also a strong chance we see Carter's name again in summer league and on NBA team's radars.

Earlier this week former Terps Dez Wells and Evan Smotrycz signed one-year deals in Germany.