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Former Georgia center Howard plans transfer to Georgia Tech

By The Associated Press
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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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