Robert Carter

Robert Carter averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds as a sophomore. (Anthony Gruppuso, USA Today Sports / November 29, 2013)

It's not often that college basketball coaches get a second chance to recruit the same player.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, lost out to Georgia Tech when power forward Robert Carter came out of high school, but he will get another opportunity next week.

A source with knowledge of Carter's situation confirmed that Carter, who has decided to transfer from the Yellow Jackets, will visit College Park next week.

Insidemdsports.com first reported that Carter had a visit lined up, and told the website that he is also considering St. John’s, South Carolina and Kansas.

According to Carter’s AAU coach, the 6-foot-8 power forward visited St. John’s last week and has ties to both South Carolina and Maryland.

Winfred Jordan, who coached Carter on the Atlanta Express AAU team, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the 6-8, 220-pound power forward “enjoyed” his visit to St. John’s.

“He thought the chance to play his home games at Madison Square Garden was unbelievable,” Jordan said. “It’s a big market, and Robert is a Southern kid [from Thomasville, Ga.], and those kind of things impress you.”

According to Jordan, Carter got to know South Carolina coach Frank Martin when he tried out for the USA National 18-and-under team. Carter also played high school and AAU ball with incoming Maryland freshman Trayvon Reed.

That Maryland has the No. 9 recruiting class in the country coming in “makes it interesting,” Jordan said.  

Carter averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds as a sophomore. He missed 10 games with a torn meniscus suffered two days before the Yellow Jackets were scheduled to play at Maryland.

As a freshman, Carter averaged 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds, including a 19-point, 10-rebound performance in a 10-point win over the Terps.

“I’m really just looking at the situations, how they would develop me, a winning program or a program on the rise,” Carter told Insidemdsports.com.

With power forward Charles Mitchell leaving last week, Maryland has two scholarships available.

Carter would have to sit out the 2014-15 season under NCAA transfer rules.

don.markus@baltsun.com