Former Maryland forward Charles Mitchell continued his hot start to the 2015-16 season on Thursday with a Thanksgiving double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds in a Georgia Tech victory over Arkansas.
The Yellow Jackets have played five games this season. Mitchell has five double-doubles and is averaging 15.2 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.
Mitchell was one of the five players who transferred out of the Maryland program after the 2013-14 season, along with Seth Allen, Nick Faust, Roddy Peters, and Shaquille Cleare. Unlike those other players, though, he was not required to sit out a season after his transfer because of a waiver the Georgia native received from the NCAA.
Last season, Mitchell averaged 9.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Since leaving Maryland, it appears Mitchell has continued to refine his game and reshape his body. Now stronger and able to play more minutes, the benefits are reflected in the box score.
In reverse, Maryland is benefitting from a Georgia Tech player in the same way the Yellow Jackets are benefiting from a former Terrapin.
Robert Carter, Jr. transferred to Maryland in the same offseason and, after sitting out a season due to transfer rules, he has become one of the Terrapins' most important players. He is averaging 12.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game.