Former Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. went undrafted after all 60 picks of the 2016 NBA Draft had been announced.
Carter, a native of Thomasville, Georgia, played his first two seasons of college basketball at Georgia Tech before deciding to transfer to Maryland. He sat one season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules before playing his first and only season in College Park in 2015-16.
He averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 33 percent from three-point range. He was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.
At 22 years old, Carter decided after the season to forfeit his final year of college eligibility and declare for the draft. By signing an agent, the door back to College Park was officially shut.
He accepted an invite to the 2016 NBA Combine in Chicago in May and shined during full-court, 5-on-5 scrimmages. He showed more end-to-end offensive versatility than he did much of his redshirt junior season at Maryland and teams took notice.
Though questions remain about his athleticism and defensive ceiling, his work ethic is unquestioned. During the season that Carter sat out between Georgia Tech and Maryland, he committed to dropping significant weight and improving his outside shot. He did both, making him a legitimate NBA prospect.
In the modern NBA, Carter’s skill set is a coveted one. At 6-8 with a 7-3 wingspan, Carter fits into small-ball lineups that will want to push the ball up the floor. At the same time, he can step out beyond the three-point line and keep defenses honest.