ATLANTA (AP) -- Former Georgia center Rodney Howard is planning to transfer to in-state rival Georgia Tech.
Howard announced his plans on his Twitter account late Monday. He posted an image of himself in a Georgia Tech uniform and wrote ''Beyond Blessed. Next Chapter.'' He included the Georgia Tech slogan (hash)TogetherWeSwarm in the post.
Georgia coach Tom Crean on Friday confirmed the 6-foot-11 Howard, from Ypsilanti, Michigan, had entered the transfer portal. Howard averaged 1.3 points in 24 games, including two starts, as a freshman for the Bulldogs.
''I'll miss Rodney,'' Crean said on Friday, before Howard's choice of his next school was known. ''I like Rodney a lot and I hope that he does well.''
Another Georgia freshman, guard Anthony Edwards, announced last week he is entering the NBA draft. Edwards, the nation's top-scoring freshman, could be the top pick of the draft.
Howard also considered Georgia Tech before signing with Georgia. The Yellow Jackets must replace senior forward/center James Banks on an otherwise young team.
It is not known if Howard will be immediately eligible at Georgia Tech or will have to sit out a season. The NCAA is considering a new rule to allow players on transfer without having to sit out a season. If that passes, Howard would be eligible in the 2020-21 season.
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner cannot comment on a transfer until the player enrolls in classes or his transfer papers have been received by the school.
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