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Maryland Terrapins: There Are No Losers in the Robert Carter for Charles Mitchell Trade

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It had the appearance of two schools trading forwards, but in reality it was two student athletes transferring to each others’ former schools.

Charles Mitchell transferred from Maryland to Georgia Tech to be closer to his family while Robert Carter Jr. went the other way to Maryland while he was healing up from an ACL injury.

Georgia Tech has benefited from the presence of Charles Mitchell for two seasons now and he has been a strong presence in the paint for Brian Gregory and the Yellow Jackets.

The 6-foot-8, 269 pound big man is averaging 12.9 points and 11.2 rebounds this season. He has recorded 18 double-doubles for the Georgia Tech since arriving in Atlanta last year including an ACC leading 11 double-doubles this season.

Mitchell is a huge reason why Georgia Tech is enjoying a 10-5 record this season. Even though the Yellow Jackets are off to an 0-2 start in ACC play, the team is expected to do better than they did last season because of their added depth in James White, Nick Jacobs, and Adam Smith to go along with the scoring ability of forward Marcus Georges-Hunt.

When you look at Tech, Adam Smith, Marcus Georges-Hunt, and Charles Mitchell combine to give the Yellow Jackets a legitimate “Big Three”.

As long as Mitchell is able to stay on the floor and stay out of foul trouble, he is going to be hard to keep off the glass.

Brian Gregory is definitely appreciating his end of the deal with Mitchell.

On the other end of the deal, the Maryland Terrapins have to love the contribution that Robert Carter Jr. is making in helping them become the No.4 team in the nation.

Carter has shown stretch-forward tendencies while putting up his 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. He has been a really good complement to Diamond Stone and Jake Layman, giving the Terps one of the best frontlines in the country.

What makes Carter such a good fit is his ability to put the ball on the floor to finish at the rim at 6-foot-9 240 pounds.

He also has a nice back to the basket game in the block, but he is at his best when he fills the lane and finishes on the break.

Both players ended up transferring to teams that have actually maximized their skills.

As good as Robert Carter was with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, he is that much more effective with the Maryland Terrapins and vice versa.

Charles Mitchell is a perfect fit for Brian Gregory’s squad because Gregory loves big men that eat up space and bang the boards hard in his style of basketball.

The hope we have for both of these players is that they get to play meaningful basketball in the Spring.

We can pretty much guarantee that Maryland is on their way to being a No. 1 or No.2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

It would just be great to see the Yellow Jackets find themselves somewhere in the bracket.

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Who knows, maybe Maryland and Georgia Tech could meet up in the tournament further proving that everyone was a winner in the Charles Mitchell for Robert Carter trade.

But for now we know that there are no losers on either side of this situation.