Sources: Robert Carter to miss month

Updated: January 2, 2014, 3:18 PM ET
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com

Georgia Tech leading rebounder Robert Carter Jr. will have surgery and is out indefinitely after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee during Sunday's win against Charlotte.

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Josh D. Weiss/USA TODAY SportsGeorgia Tech forward Robert Carter Jr., who is tied for the ACC lead with 9.3 rebounds per game, is out indefinitely after suffering a torn meniscus Sunday.

Carter, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, is tied for the ACC lead in rebounding at 9.3 per game. He averages 10.3 points.

Sources told ESPN.com that Carter will likely miss the next month, which could be a significant hit to Georgia Tech's postseason hopes.

The Yellow Jackets (9-4) have lost to Dayton, Ole Miss, St. John's and Vanderbilt and are long shots to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.

However, with a solid showing in the ACC, they could become an NIT team.

"He's a tough kid, and this hit him pretty hard," coach Brian Gregory said in a statement. "He's done everything we've asked of him this year. He's changed his body, he's become more aggressive on the glass, and his stats clearly show that he was having a tremendous sophomore season for us. He's a big part of what we do both offensively and defensively."

Georgia Tech opens conference play Saturday at Maryland (9-5, 1-0).

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