ATHENS - Ever since Tim Dixon's departure was announced last month, the Georgia men's basketball team has been on the lookout for someone who could fill its last remaining scholarship. And with the rash of transfers nationwide, the possibilities abound.
Last week the Bulldogs showed interest in Robert Carter, who abruptly left Georgia Tech, but were denied permission by Tech to even contact Carter. Late this week a couple more possibilities have emerged, and while neither is likely to end up at Georgia, both bear watching.
Charles Mitchell, who was Maryland's leading rebounder this past year, announced he was transferring in order to be closer to his sick grandmother. Mitchell is from Marietta. And in an intriguing twist, Mitchell could apply for a hardship waiver from the NCAA in order to play right away at his new school, as long as it's within 100 miles from his hometown.
"Knowing that she [his grandmother] raised me and is still a very big part of my life, I decided to move closer to home," Mitchell said in a statement released by Maryland on Thursday. "It’s important for me to be there for my grandmother and to help support my family. I didn’t want to leave, but I have to put my family first.”
Mitchell, listed at 6-8 and 260 pounds, was Maryland's leading rebounder last season. He started 10 games, averaging 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds last season. He also happens to be an alum of the same high school, Wheeler, as Jaylen Brown, a highly-regarded small forward prospect for the 20155 class.
Meanwhile, another player with local connections is on the market: Isaiah Williams, a guard from Samford, is transferring. Samford happens to be where Georgia recently plucked away its newest assistant coach, Yasir Rosemond.
Williams was the Southern Conference freshman of the year, averaging 12 points and three assists per game. Williams, who went to Buford High School, is listed at 6-1 and 160 pounds. He reportedly had an offer from Ole Miss out of high school, as well as mid-majors.
Williams would have to sit out a season.
Georgia officials are not allowed to discuss recruitable players. But earlier this week head coach Mark Fox would not rule out using the remaining scholarship, whether it's on a transfer or another available prospect. He pointed out that while at Nevada he signed future NBA player Ramon Sessions 10 days before the start of school.
"I would say we will be actively searching for the right guy. Because you never know what could happen," Fox said. "There could be something that comes up later in the summer. So I wouldn't rule it totally out that we'll use it."