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Robert Carter transfers to Maryland over St. John's

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The coveted forward would have been eligible in 2015.

Scott Cunningham

Scout Hoops reported this morning that Robert Carter, the 6'8", 250 pound forward from Georgia Tech, has chosen to transfer to the University of Maryland to play with Mark Turgeon.

Carter was an attractive target for St. John's and head coach Steve Lavin. Not eligible for a year while he sits out, Carter would be a great anchor for a team that is likely to be very young and filled with freshmen in the 2015-16 season. As an undersized center/ power forward with great defensive rebounding ability, he could have been a stabilizing force.

"It wasn’t planned for me to commit this week, but like I said once I saw Turgeon and the Maryland staff and being around the players, I just said this was something I wanted to be apart of," Carter told Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It’s something I want to contribute to."

Carter continued by naming other reasons Maryland was appealing - Turgeon's past as a coach in the NBA, the Maryland staff's skill development and the talent of the incoming recruiting class.

Carter averaged 10.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game this season, a solid presence for Georgia Tech.

If the 247 Sports message board is to be believed, St. John's was the second choice. Carter thought he would end up in Queens after Lavin's pitch, but was blown away by this week's visit to College Park and to see Mark Turgeon's program.