Maryland junior power forward Robert Carter will enter this year’s draft, sources told Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports.com. Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com confirms the report (Twitter link). Ermann heard he’ll likely sign with an agent, while Goodman reports he will indeed do so, a move that means he’s forfeiting his remaining college eligibility. The 6’8″ 22-year-old Carter is 57th in Jonathan Givony’s DraftExpress rankings and 62nd on Chad Ford’s ESPN.com list.
The native of Thomasville, Georgia, played just one season at Maryland after transferring from Georgia Tech. He displayed more range with the Terrapins, nailing 33.3% of his 3-pointers this season, but while he’s a versatile scorer, notching 12.3 points per game this season, his defense is a major concern, as Givony wrote last month.
Carter’s rebounding declined to 6.9 boards per contest this season from 8.4 in his last year with the Yellow Jackets. He averaged 8.7 boards in three NCAA Tournament games this year but scored only in the single digits in each of those contests. He averaged 1.3 blocks per game but swatted only one shot in the tournament. Carter was 30th in the Recruiting Services Consensus Index coming out of high school.