Posted: 10:39 am Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Maryland transfer Mitchell visiting Tech 

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.

20 comments
SteveRC
SteveRC

"...and his brother Stacey did not have his scholarship renewed."  This is the first I'm hearing about this.  Stacey Poole Jr. is still listed on the official team roster at www.ramblinwreck.com.

58Supersports
58Supersports

another one and done, does that sound like when PH was here. However

I do hope  Mitchell comes here because we need him bad... Go Jackets!


Newnanjacket
Newnanjacket

I remember a transfer from a few years back that made huge difference.  How about Will Bynum.  Who knows how Sampson or Jacobs will turn out.  I really hope Charles Mitchell decides on Tech.  I remember he killed us underneath with his size when we played them in College Park this past year.  Our biggest problem is our guard play, especially from the PG position.  We haven't had a significant PG contributor since Jarrett Jack.  CBK is all about guard play.  Without quality guards, your big men aren't nearly as effective.  We need Marcus Georges Hunt to really step up this year.  He doesn't have much around him to take off the pressure.  Might be another tough year, but I do like CBG.  By the way, why did Robert Carter Jr. transfer?

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

The Hobbit sux....he has NO clue what he is doing as evidenced by his former program making sweet 16, and his current program doing NOTHING for 4 years.

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

In the 2015-16 season, Cox and Sampson would both be gone, leaving Lammers, Gueye, Stephens, Jacobs and possibly Mitchell.

Won't happen as 2 or 3 will xfer and we will end up with a front court from the Big Sky conference.  Crazy town.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

It's the second week of June. I want to read about football and rumors of football. Prophecies, anything.

sliderule
sliderule

The increasing team hopping attitude of college athlete students is eroding my interest in watching college basketball.

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

Looks like we will be fine underneath.  Biggest need is an outside threat.  Hopefully Jackson will be the answer or Bolden will regain his freshman form.

I believe these bigs are flocking to Tech because of the development of Holsey and Miller under CBG. 

GTDude
GTDude

All of this player movement is getting out of hand, next thing you know they will want to unionize and get paid!

Oh wait....

GTBob
GTBob

A massive over hall might not turn out to be a bad thing.

Caius
Caius

Unlike the other schools he is looking at, Georgia Tech has no returning starter for the position Mitchell plays.  The starting job is his for the taking.


GT1971
GT1971

The upcoming basketball season is going to be very interesting.  Hopefully stronger inside play will keep us in a lot of games.  I believe Coach Gregory is taking the team in the right direction.  Filling needs with transfer students is today's reality.

juvenal
juvenal

we can say the same thing about bk they can about fb

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

Four years?  He has only been here three years and his ACC record is almost exactly the same as Cremins and Coach K's record after their first three years.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

You have problems, dude. Probably more than most of the other typical trolls. Mother obviously did a poor job raising you.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Delbert_D 

Tune into the "ABC Family of Networks" for the next 3 1/2 weeks, beginning at 6 PM tomorrow.  You will see all the football you can handle.

My prophecy - the Selecao beats Der Mannschaft in one semi, setting up a Final against the winner of the match between Team Tiki-Taka and the Albiceleste.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@TechTroll13 development of Miller...  He was a UGA reject that should have been at Furman, or MTSU....  

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

forexbomb are you making my argument?  Miller was a non-factor under Hewitt and now he is a All-ACC player that will be drafted and play in the NBA.

MarineJacket
MarineJacket

Your entire statement is perplexing.“Reject”?????Do the research on how and why he left UGA.Regardless to how he ended up on the Flats, he developed under CBG to be considered by some the best center in the ACC and getting serious looks from NBA scouts.

Go Jackets!!!!

GGee
GGee

You hanging from a chandelier