Georgia Tech landed one of the big fish, or “Big Three.”
Robert Carter, a 5-star power forward from Shiloh High School, committed to the Yellow Jackets over UGA and Florida on Thursday evening.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Carter is one of three Georgia basketall stars ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall college prospects, and is the star attraction for a Georgia Tech recruiting class that also includes North Gwinnett guard Chris Bolden and North Clayton swingman Marcus Hunt.
Carter’s Thursday announcement was originally scheduled to be televised nationally on ESPNU but it was pre-empted by Penn State coverage. However, Carter’s commitment was still big news for Georgia Tech fans.
He’s the most prolific recruit since Derrick Favors signed with the Yellow Jackets in 2009.
Here’s what Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory had to say about his star recruit:
“Robert is a versatile big forward. With the way we play, he’s going to have a lot of opportunities to utilize that versatility. I love the fact he can step out and make plays on the perimeter. He’s got a really great soft shooting touch, and great feet, in terms of being light on his feet. The one thing that goes unnoticed is that he is a tremendous passer. I saw him making the winning pass in two different games this summer where he threw it on time and on target to a streaking guy who had to make the shot at the buzzer. But the pass was just as good as the shot. Robert is one of those guys that has the perimeter skills but doesn’t feel he needs to live on the perimeter. He’s also got a ‘lunch pail approach’ inside and he’s got a knack to finish plays around the basket. He’s not afraid to mix it up on the glass. He’s a tremendous offensive rebounder. He’s going to be really able to fit in well with the way we play. He can really run the court. We want to get to the point where we are playing at a very fast pace. So I like all the things he brings to the table.”
Carter took official visits (in order) to UGA, Georgia Tech and Florida, and it was a good sign for the Yellow Jackets when he returned to campus on an unofficial visit to watch the school’s football team against Clemson. Carter, who moved to Shiloh from Thomasville High School before his senior season, also had a few connections at Georgia Tech: He scheduled his official visit at the same time as the two other Georgia Tech recruits, Bolden and Hunt. Carter is also close friends with Pierre Jordan, the point guard who transferred from Florida State to Georgia Tech this summer. Jordan’s father is Carter’s AAU basketball coach.
Last year as a junior, Carter averaged 20.3 points, 14 rebounds and 2.5 blocks at Thomasville High School.
“Carter is a big man with a huge skill package, arguably the most skilled big man in the class of 2012,” said CourtCred.com’s Kerry Willis. “Carter can beat you on the block with an array of low-post moves with his nibble feet, or face up out to 20 feet and knock down jumpers. When he’s not scoring, he is a terrific position rebounder and a good passer, which will benefit [Georgia Tech] when teams decide to press them.”
What about the other members of the “Big Three”?
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