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Sophomore forward Robert Carter to leave Georgia Tech

May 13, 2014, 5:21 PM EST

Robert Carter, Jr. AP

In 23 games last season Georgia Tech sophomore forward Robert Carter Jr. posted averages of 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, missing ten contests due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. Given the production while he was on the floor, Carter was expected to be a key player for Brian Gregory’s team as they look to improve their standing within the ACC.

However that won’t be happening, as it was announced by the school Tuesday that Carter has decided to transfer. After sitting out the 2014-15 season Carter will have two years of eligibility remaining at his next school.

“I would like to thank Robert for his time here at Georgia Tech, he has represented our program well. Although this is disappointing, we wish him the very best in his continued career,” Gregory said in the statement released by the school.

“Transferring has become commonplace; it is now part of the culture and fabric of the college basketball landscape,” Gregory continued. “You have to move on and keep building. Our returning players are poised to have exceptional seasons and we are excited about our incoming class and their ability to positively impact our program.”

The loss of Carter is a big one for Georgia Tech, which already had to account for the graduation of both Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey in the front court. With Carter’s decision to transfer the Yellow Jackets will be an even younger team inside, with incoming freshmen Abdoulaye Gueye and Ben Lammers likely to see even more playing time as a result.

Georgia Tech also returns 6-foot-8 forward Quinton Stephens, who’s considered to be a wing as opposed to a low-post player. Also expected back on the wing are Stacey Poole Jr. (will be a senior) and Marcus Georges-Hunt (junior).