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Ole Miss transfer DeMarco Cox leaning to Tech

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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.

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