Will it be Georgia Tech or UGA for Robert Carter?
He’s the 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward from Shiloh High School who is ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall basketball prospects.
Carter is scheduled to announce his college decision at 5 p.m. Thursday at Stats Restaurant. Carter is reportedly torn between the two in-state schools, Georgia Tech and UGA. He took official visits within the last month to both schools, along with Florida. Don’t count out the Gators in the chase for Carter.
Georgia Tech has a few things in its favor. When Carter made his recruiting trip with the Yellow Jackets on Oct. 22, he arranged it where he would be visiting the campus at the same time as Georgia Tech’s two signees, North Gwinnett guard Chris Bolden and North Clayton swingman Marcus Hunt. They all got to be good friends while playing basketball on the AAU circuit.
Another good sign for Georgia Tech was that Carter was scheduled to make a recruiting trip to Florida State the following week but returned to the campus instead to watch the Yellow Jackets upset Clemson in football.
Robert Carter (pictured) already has a few friends that will be playing at Georgia Tech (Photo from CourtCred.com)
Also working in Georgia Tech’s favor is the addition of transfer Pierre Jordan, the former Dunwoody point guard from Florida State. He will have two years of eligibility at Georgia Tech. Carter’s AAU coach is Jordan’s father, Winfred Jordan of the Atlanta Express. One of Carter’s personal trainers is Jordan’s brother, Keirre Jordan. Carter has expressed interest in playing with Pierre in college.
Carter transferred from Thomasville High School to Shiloh for his senior year.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s two other elite basketball talents ranked among the top 25 overall prospects are in a holding pattern: Southwest DeKalb power forward Shaq Goodwin committed to Memphis earlier this week but doesn’t know when he will sign. Miller Grove power forward Tony Parker, who appears to have Duke and Ohio State as his frontrunners, is undecided and will probably wait until April’s late signing period.
What about UGA? The Bulldogs signed three local products on Wednesday – Miller Grove swingman Brandon Morris, Milton point guard Charles Mann, and Whitfield Academy guard Kenneth Gaines. You can read more about it here.
Here’s more on Georgia Tech’s two signees, courtesy of Mike Stamus of the school’s sports information department:
- Chris Bolden, the No. 22-ranked shooting guard in the country, is currently ranked No. 107 overall in the Rivals Top 150. Considered one of the top pure shooters in the 2012 class, Bolden averaged 15 points and two assists a game while leading Norcross High School to the state championship in the state’s largest classification. He scored the team’s final four points from the foul line in a 59-55 win over Milton in the class AAAAA finals. Bolden was a second-team all-state choice in AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a third-team All-Metro choice by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We are excited to add a player of Chris’ talent and character to our Yellow Jacket program,” said Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory. “Although he is one of the premier shooters in the country, I have been even more impressed with the expansion of his game. His ability to positively impact the game with his defense, rebounding and playmaking skills is really developing. I love his work ethic and the fact that he has been taught well by both his high school and AAU coaches.”
- Marcus Hunt is ranked No. 59 overall in the ESPN100, and No. 14 among small forwards. Hunt averaged 26.7 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as a junior last year at North Clayton. He was named to the first team all-state in AAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and first-team All-Metro in 2011 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “Getting a player with the skill package and versatility that Marcus possesses was very important for our program,” said Gregory. “His size, strength and athletic ability puts him in an elite class. Marcus has the ability to score in a variety of ways and has the unique skill of being able to create quality shots for his teammates from the wing position. His humility and hunger to grow and develop will have a tremendous impact on our program.”
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- Former Central Gwinnett basketball star Jordan Adams, a 6-5 small forward at Oak Hill (Va.) Prep, signed with UCLA, where his former AAU coach Korey McCray was hired as an assistant last summer. UCLA coach Ben Howland talked about the relationship to reporters, “It was big. He’s known the kid for a long time, has a great relationship with him. There’s no question. We don’t get Jordan Adams if Korey is not on our staff.”
- Former UGA and Georgia Tech assistant David Kelly was in a “state of shock” after resigning from Central Florida amid the results of an NCAA investigation, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Kelly was considered one of college football’s top recruiters.
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- M.L. King defensive back Dontavious Heard (6-1, 185) committed to Utah State.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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