Posted: 4:35 pm Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Ole Miss transfer DeMarco Cox leaning to Tech 

By Ken Sugiura

The void left at Georgia Tech by transferring forward Robert Carter is wide, but coach Brian Gregory may have found someone who can help fill it.

Ole Miss center Demarco Cox is strongly considering transferring to Tech, according to Cox’s AAU coach. Cox was in Atlanta Thursday to visit Tech. The school “is more than a priority,” MBA Hoops coach Ohmar Carter said Thursday.

The lure of Tech is “being in Atlanta and playing in the ACC and playing in a conference where you get to play against the best talent in the country every night,” Carter said.

Cox is on track to graduate this summer and will be immediately eligible to play in the 2014-15 season. Tech already saw plenty of Cox in November at the  Barclays Classic in New York. He scored a career-high 15 points along with 14 rebounds in a 77-67 Rebels win, part of his efforts that earned him tournament MVP honors.

“The coaching staff there has an appreciation of what he’s capable of because he did it to them,” Carter said.

For the season, he played in all 33 games with 16 starts, averaging 4.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game. He shot 54.3 percent from the field but 52.2 percent on free throws.

“He played on a team that was very guard-oriented, so he didn’t get a chance to show his skills in the latter part of the season,” Carter said.

Cox is 6-foot-8 and 276 pounds. Carter called him a “freak of nature.” Marquette, Massachusetts and several mid-major schools are also options, Carter said. Cox would be the fifth player to transfer in to Tech since Gregory’s hire, following Pierre Jordan, Stacey Poole, Robert Sampson, Trae Golden and Josh Heath. Sampson and Heath, from East Carolina and South Florida, respectively, will be eligible this season.

Robert Carter submitted paperwork to transfer after two seasons at Tech. He averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this past season, missing 10 games with a torn meniscus.

22 comments
tomkat1111
tomkat1111

All NCAA schools should refuse to allow players to transfer to Tech.

Peachs
Peachs

Josh Health and Tavis Jorgenson, thinking point guards with the improvement of Heyward will be the factors next year that will improve this team. Teams packed in on Tech last year on defense, they had a poor fast break and Golden was not a great ballhandler, or distributor.  Carter will be missed, but Miller will be missed even more.

TruthSpeaketh
TruthSpeaketh

OH WOW. National Championship her we come!!! I'm pumped.

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

This would definitely plug a big hole!  A one and done here makes sense.  We have a scholarship available, we certainly have the need so throw out the red carpet and sign this young man. If he can play the season like he did against us, then he'll do fine.

GTBob
GTBob

This kid is pretty good. It would be a nice pickup. There will be a lot of shakeup in the program next year which might not be a bad thing. 

GTBee
GTBee

Ken, leaning 'toward' Tech. Not 'to'.

ToddE
ToddE

Sorry to be a naysayer, but are the one-and-done scraps coming from other teams really going to make any diff?

JacketMan
JacketMan

To all of you "Chicken Little's" out there; I'm not one to say I told you so, but it never hurts to remember that old children's story. The sky ISN'T falling just because some guys decide to transfer out, or are declared ineligible; life, and GA Tech athletics, go on. And when someone walks out a door, it gives an opportunity for someone to take their place who might just surprise you and be equally good, or perhaps even better, than the one who left the program.

At the end of the day, however, these are players who chose to play for my school, and they'll always be a part of the Yellow Jacket family.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@GTBee  

Actually, it would be "towards" Tech.  But where do you see "leaning to" anyway?  I have read Ken's article 3 times now, and I still don't see those words.

GTLee
GTLee

@tomkat1111   Go ahead and petition the NCAA to do that and see how far you get. Moron.

Caius
Caius

@tomkat1111  

If he is a graduate, no one on the planet can tell him where to enroll except the school he chooses. Carter is not a graduate and so has to work within the system.

Iceman87GT
Iceman87GT

@ToddE Signing season is over and we have at least one scholarship available that would otherwise go unused. 

A one and done guy is better than being down a man, he won't have to sit and even though statistics wise he probably won't replace Carter, he is better than not having anyone to fill that role at all. 


If we were approaching signing day and he would be eating up a scholarship that could go to someone who would be here longer, I'd be weary, but we have a scholarship available, its best to use it.

hpt84
hpt84

@JacketMan  Well said. I wish Carter all the best, and I'll look forward to this basketball season.

khd713
khd713

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  He'll fit right in at four points, four rebounds and 52 percent from the line. Seriously, though, he does seem like a worthwhile pick-up, even if he's just a big body to fill the middle. 

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt@GTBee It's in the "headline", no doubt put there by some journalism major not caring about proper grammar and just using marketing technique to garner attention.  

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  " But where do you see "leaning to" anyway?  I have read Ken's article 3 times now, and I still don't see those words."

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 The headline.  Get some glasses old man.  :)


By the way, toward and towards mean the same thing and are interchangeable.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@AugustaJacket  

Oops.  I didn't read the headling.....LOL


Don't rain on my parade.  I guess that's my Scottish ancestry coming out, since "towards" seems to be the more dominant usage outside the American continent.


BTW, respect your elders, boy.  LOL