Maryland big man Robert Carter has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft and will hire an agent, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. The 6’9 junior played in 36 games this season while averaging 12 points and seven rebounds for a Maryland team that was consistently ranked in the top 20 all season.
Carter spent his first two seasons at Georgia Tech where he signed as the 33rd overall recruit in the country in 2012. He left Georgia Tech because it wasn’t the best option for him career-wise. Maryland offered a better fit and a bigger stage to play on, and he played well in his lone season with the Terrapins, who made it to the Sweet 16 before losing to Kansas.
Carter is a projected second-round pick per DraftExpress and is the 57th overall player in their Top 100. They write: “Carter is a long and bulky big man with an impressive skill-level, capable of scoring inside on the block or from behind the three-point line, but is extremely limited defensively.”
While 6’9, his wingspan is 7’2, giving him the length many NBA scouts look for. If he’s drafted towards the bottom of the second round, perhaps he goes to a playoff-caliber team looking to develop him on the bench or send him to the NBA D-League for more playing time until he’s ready for the NBA.