Maryland junior forward Robert Carter to declare for NBA draft

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Robert Carter Jr. will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft.

The school said Thursday that Carter intends to sign with an agent.

Carter played one season with the Terrapins after transferring from Georgia Tech. He averaged 12.3 points, shot 55 percent and led the Terrapins with 6.9 rebounds a game.

Carter said in a statement that Maryland will always be a "special place" and he will "forever be a Terp."

The 6-foot-8, 245-pounder sat out last season because of transfer rules. He finished his college career with an average of 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Coach Mark Turgeon said Carter "worked extremely hard to improve his conditioning and expand his overall game" and was a "very productive player."

Maryland finished 27-9 this season and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in 13 years.