Robert Carter Jr., junior, forward, No. 4
Recruiting Ratings: 4 stars at 247Sports.
Who did Maryland beat out? As a high school recruit, Carter had offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State among others.
High School: Shiloh High School
Hometown: Snellville, GA
How'd He Get to College Park?
Carter was ranked the No. 22 recruit in the class of 2012 at 247Sports when he committed to play for Georgia Tech. He played two season there, starting in 49 of 54 games he appeared in. Following his second season, Carter decided he would transfer. "I just felt like I needed to put myself in a better position to accomplish the goals that I set for myself, and that's it," Carter told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Carter committed to transfer to Maryland a month later and sat out for the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules.
In February 2013, Carter scored 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 10-point victory over Maryland.
Carter rebounds as well or better than he did at Georgia Tech, shuts down opposing power forwards and can spread the floor, consistently hitting mid-range shots and occasionally stepping out to the 3-point line.
Carter posted rebounding numbers similar to former Kentucky Wildcat and the NBA's most recent No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns rebounded 18.5% of missed shots last season and Carter 18.3% in his final season at Georgia Tech. Carter's strength on the boards will be crucial to the Terps success in games where they aren't shooting the ball well.
Rumors have surfaced that he's improved his shooting range, but he wasn't very valuable shooting from distance at Tech. Granted he's nearly two years removed from his last college game, he made only 32 of 117 3-point attempts in two seasons, good for just 27.4 percent.
His mid-range game will be key in an effort to stretch the floor a bit to allow Diamond Stone to work his way in the interior, and teams will have an incredibly tough time finding someone with the size, strength and quickness to match up with him and whoever else is playing big for the Terps.
Next up is one of the best perimeter defenders in the country.
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