Former Georgia center Howard plans transfer to Georgia Tech

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 file photo, Georgia's Rodney Howard (24) looks to shoot while defended by Mississippi forward KJ Buffen (5) during an NCAA college basketball game in Athens, Ga. Former Georgia center Rodney Howard is planning to transfer to in-state rival Georgia Tech. Howard announced his plans on his Twitter account, Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

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 #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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