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RODDY PETERS ONE TO WATCH IN JULY FROM CLASS OF 2013
By Ron Bailey
Things started inauspiciously for Class of 2013 guard Roddy Peters in National Basketball Players Association Top 100 High School Basketball Camp play, as in his first game – and somewhat less so during day one’s second contest – he looked uncertain, maybe even nervous. For the first game, Peters, a 6-foot-2 guard dropped four points, two assists and six points during the second. His mojo just wasn’t on display at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Center.
After the first contest, Peters was reached and supplied an interesting and honest explanation for his play, which included an aversion to attacking the tin, bailing out his drives by passing almost too early, and missed shots: “My first game down here and everything, I was kind of nervous. I didn’t really know what I was getting into to”.
Contrast that to his championship game performance, where his Mavericks team fell in defeat, a game in which Peters dropped 16 points and got a dime – there he hit floaters, jumpers, layups, found people and played with the verve those in the D.C. area have come to expect from Peters, who attended Suitland High School (MD) last year. In that final game, Peters dropped 16 points and a dime.
His explanation at a recent DC Assault morning practice (his travel team home), for the difference was “I started feeling myself and that’s when I started getting going.” For the entire camp, Peters contributed a very respectable 7.9 points, 2.1 assists and a rebound, per game.
For the camp, Peters played more like the ‘chip game guy, and less like the early game baller. What became obvious was he could play at the Top 100’s level; he has a good combination of scoring and passing, and is becoming more comfortable leading a team. Not a vocal leader per se yet, Peters understands the need to increase that aspect of his game, as well as getting more body lift on his jumper and shooting it consistently with confidence.
His recruitment is definitely taking off, with Peters listing the likes of “Virginia, Virginia Tech, Xavier, St. Joe’s, Cincinnati and UMass” having tendered scholarship offers. Schools such as Georgetown, Texas, Clemson, Maryland and Tennessee have shown and are showing interest.
Of the BIG EAST, Peters noted he likes it, “they play my style – penetrating guards.” Stylistically he presently likes an up tempo arrangement, as most young guys do – but is open to explore all playing approaches. He also understands the necessity of embracing half court basketball to further his professional possibility.
Whether Peters becomes a pro, only time will tell. But it’s a good assumption with his development he will be a good college player, one that can make an impact at a program. Expect to find out where he lands sometime in the fall.
The July evaluation period is right around the corner. With offers from the ACC, Big East and Atlantic 10 and more interest from conferences across the country, you can be certain college coaches will be settling in to watch Roddy Peters in action. Check back with NBE Basketball Report throughout July for updates on Peters, his DC Assault teammates and more as we cover the AAU circuit from coast to coast during the busy month.