Robert Carter, Jr.
Sophomore forward has been granted his release
Sophomore forward tore meniscus in left knee at Charlotte
Gregory's crew takes eight days off for finals before resuming play Monday
Yellow Jackets improve to 6-3 and deal Illinois its first loss.
Starting front court (Miller, Georges-Hunt and Carter, Jr.) combines for 42 points and 26 rebounds in opening victory.
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One of the nation's top-rated prep big men out of high school who earned a spot in Tech's starting lineup from the beginning of his freshman season ... Elected to transfer following his sophomore year (2013-14) ... Had 12 double-digit rebound games in his career, five as a freshman and seven as a sophomore ... Scored in double digits 15 times as a sophomore, and 29 times in his career ... Started 44 straight games in his career, and had become one of the dominant interior players in the ACC before injuring his knee at Charlotte Dec. 29 last season.
Twice invited to participate in training camp for USA Basketball, last summer for the Under-19 team to prepare for the FIBA Americas U19 Championships in the summer of 2013 ... Participated in the USA U18 trials in the summer of 2012.
Versatile player with a complete skill set, good shooting touch from the perimeter and the skill to be able to stretch defenses ... Difficult to guard in the post and keep off of the backboards ... Plays unselfishly and passes the ball well.
2013-14 - Game-by-Game Statistics
Established himself as a force in the post in the non-conference season before suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee at Charlotte on Dec. 29 ... Had surgery Jan. 7 and missed Tech's first 10 ACC games ... Returned to action Feb. 8 vs. Virginia and scored in double digits in eight of 10 games, averaging 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while hitting 43.8 percent from the floor and 10-of-37 from three-point range ... Last four regular season games (16.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 52.1 pct. FG): 20 points and six rebounds at Florida State (4-9 FG, 11-11 FT), with career highs for free throws made and attempted ... 19 points and 10 rebounds at Notre Dame (8-16 FG, 3-6 on 3s), with career highs for field goals made and attempted (8-for-16) and for threes made and attempted (3-for-6) ... 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks in win at Syracuse ... 16 points, 7-9 FG, four rebounds vs. Virginia Tech ... Averaged 16.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg in the ACC Tournament ... Had 20 points and 13 rebounds in Tech's opening-round win over Boston College, his sixth double-double of the season, ninth of his career ... Had been strong on the glass up until his injury, averaging 9.3 rebounds per game (was 1st in the ACC, top 50 in the NCAA) ... Finished the season at 8.4 now, which would have been third had he played in the required 75 percent of Tech's games ... Other double-doubles included a 15-point, 15-rebound effort against Kennesaw State, Presbyterian (13 pts, 10 rebs), Mississippi Valley State (13 pts, 15 reb) and Mississippi (11 pts, 13 reb) ... Averaged 10.3 points (4th for Tech) and hit 50 percent of his field goals before his injury, boosted by a career-high 21 points against Illinois (6-of-10 FG) in which he canned two 3s in a 12-0 Tech run late in the game.
2012-13 - Game-by-Game Statistics
Earned a spot in Tech's starting lineup for the season-opener and held on to it ... Made the Coaches ACC All-Freshman team ... Tech's second-leading scorer at 9.9 ppg (14 double-digit scoring games, seven in ACC games) and led the team in rebounds (6.7 per game, 12th in the ACC), two ahead of Daniel Miller... In ACC games: 9.9 ppg (team-high) and 6.5 rpg (2nd on the team), 44.6 pct. FG, 34.1 pct. on 3s... Ranked fifth among ACC freshmen in scoring and double-digit scoring games, second in rebounding and double-digit rebound games... Posted his fifth double-double and second in five games with 19 points and 10 boards in Feb. 27 win over Maryland (7-11 FG, 4-4 FT, two assists, two blocks) ... Named ACC Rookie of the Week Monday largely for that effort... Knocked down game-winning free throws with 8.7 seconds left in Feb. 16 win at Wake Forest, 4-for-4 in the game, in which he scored 10 points... Scored a career-best 20 in the first meeting against Wake Forest, hitting 9-of-10 FG and 2-of-3 threes ... Came up big in the first meeting against Virginia with 14 points (6-8 FG), eight rebounds, three assists and two big blocks... Also scored double-doubles Feb. 14 against Clemson (10 pts/11 reb), Chattanooga (13 pts/12 reb) and Alabama State (13 pts/11 reb) ... Within a point or a rebound of getting three others... Had six double-digit rebound games, hitting his season high of 12 vs. North Carolina (Jan. 23) and Chattanooga... Scored 19 points against UNC Wilmington (8-for-12) and grabbed nine rebounds ... Five of those points came in succession that lifted Tech from a 62-61 deficit to a 66-62 lead, which it did not relinquish late in the game... Tried at least one three in 27 of Tech's 31 games (28.1 pct.) ... Hit a big one off a designed play out of a timeout to help Tech hold off Virginia Tech in Blacksburg ... Made 2-of-4 in Tech's win at Miami... Received an invitation to compete in the trials for the USA Basketball Under-19 team during the summer of 2013.
Played his senior season at Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., for coach Kim Rivers, and earned first-team all-state honors in class AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Generals went 19-3, made it out of the region 8AAAAA playoffs but lost in the second round of the state tournament to eventual champion Milton ... Earned second-team all-state honors as a junior at class AA Thomasville High School, where he averaged 20.3 points, 14 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game for coach Ben Tillman ... Helped the Bulldogs to three straight region 1-AA titles ... Ranked No. 33 nationally (6th among power forwards) in the Rivals150 prep player rankings in the class of 2012 ... Rated 21st among the nation's seniors according to ESPN, also ranked 7th among the nation's power forwards by ESPN.
Full name is Robert Lawrence Carter, Jr. ... Born April 4, 1994 in Thomasville, Ga. ... Son of Robert and Linda Carter ... Enjoys table tennis and baseball ... Dad put a basketball in his hands at age 3 ... Chose Tech because of its academic reputation, the basketball program and networking opportunities ... Majoring in Business Administration.