ATHENS - Georgia's men's basketball team still has one open scholarship for next season, and we should find out soon whether it will go to a transfer who could make an immediate impact.
Charles Mitchell, a post player who announced last month he was leaving Maryland after two years, visited Georgia late last week. Mitchell was Maryland's leading rebounder last season.
Mitchell is an intriguing prospect on two levels for Georgia: He is a post player, which the team needs, and he could play right away rather than have to sit out a season.
When Maryland announced Mitchell's transfer, it said it was because the product of Marietta's Wheeler High School wanted to be closer to his sick grandmother. The NCAA could thus grant Mitchell a hardship waiver in order to play right away. But the waiver must be applied for by Mitchell's new school, so that process doesn't begin until he enrolls somewhere.
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Georgia Tech was also reportedly interested in Mitchell. The Yellow Jackets received a commitment late last week from another transfer, forward Nick Jacobs, late of Alabama. There have also been rumblings of interest from Auburn and Alabama.
Mitchell, listed at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Terrapins last season, and started 10 games. At this point he appears to be the only name on Georgia's immediate radar.
Head coach Mark Fox cannot comment publicly on specific recruits, but he has said that he's willing to use the scholarship at any point if the player is deemed good enough. Asked at SEC meetings in Destin whether he thought they would sign another recruit, Fox answered: "Yeah I think there's chances that we'll do that."