Posted: 10:39 am Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
By Ken Sugiura
The re-shaping of the Georgia Tech basketball roster may take another step. Maryland transfer Charles Mitchell was in for an official visit to Tech Tuesday and Wednesday. This past season, the 6-foot8, 260-pound forward played in all 32 games for the Terrapins, starting 10, and averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game. He shot 51.7 percent from the field.
Mitchell, a Wheeler High grad, left Maryland to be closer to his ailing grandmother, which likely would make him eligible to receive a hardship waiver from the NCAA that would enable him to play immediately and have two years remaining.
Tech and Georgia are among schools vying for Mitchell. Should Mitchell select Tech and coach Brian Gregory, it would continue an overhaul of the roster. As it stands, only four scholarship players who saw significant playing time last year will return.
Daniel Miller, Kammeon Holsey, Jason Morris and Trae Golden were seniors. Robert Carter transferred. Solomon Poole was dismissed from the team and his brother Stacey did not have his scholarship renewed. Travis Jorgenson and Robert Sampson were both on the roster, but the former tore his ACL in Tech’s fourth game and Sampson sat out as a transfer from East Carolina.
There will be three incoming freshmen (guard Tadric Jackson, center Ben Lammers and forward Abdoulaye Gueye) and three transfers (center Demarco Cox, point guard Josh Heath and forward Nick Jacobs). Cox, will transfer after his expected graduation from Ole Miss this summer, and Heath, coming from South Florida after his father Stan was fired as coach, are expected to gain immediate eligibility. Jacobs, from Alabama and South Atlanta High, will sit out one season and have one year left.
After concerns both at the end of the season and following Carter’s transfer about a dearth of big men, Gregory has been active and aggressive on the transfer market. Jacobs (6-8, 245) averaged 8.4 points in 20 minutes per game and shot 52.0 percent from the field. Cox (6-8, 276) made 54.3 percent of his shots this season.
A frontcourt rotation of Sampson (6-8, 215), Cox and Mitchell (if he were to choose Tech) would be a considerable upgrade in size and experience from the post-Carter possibility of Sampson, Lammers (6-10, 225) and possibly Gueye (6-10, 220) or sophomore Quinton Stephens (6-9, 184).
In the 2015-16 season, Cox and Sampson would both be gone, leaving Lammers, Gueye, Stephens, Jacobs and possibly Mitchell.