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FRESH OFF MARYLAND VISIT, DECISION NEARS FOR RODDY PETERS
By Ron Bailey
October 15, 2012 – Fresh off a Friday visit to University of Maryland, where he took in the Terp’s Midnight Madness celebration, on Sunday Roddy Peters shined some light on his recruitment status. His suitors need to take note, as then he noted a decision would likely be reached, “Probably in another two weeks”. A web rumor today, suggests Peters is planning on announcing his future college choice tonight. Anyway you cut it; things are coming to an end.
What about his visit to College Park for Midnight Madness, a celebration of everything Terp Hoops, one that is replicated all over the country by schools? (That day is the first a team can actually come together in a coaches supervised fashion).
“It went real good. The players were nice. The celebration was nice. The coaches were nice,” replied Peters, a Class of 2013 guard, one that attends Suitland HS (MD) and hit the circuit with DC Assault this year.
Though no fans chanted his name, Peters acknowledged he was recognized by some in attendance. Of such notoriety, he opined “It feels good. It makes you feel like you are something special. So I enjoyed it.”
He’s not getting a big head though, since Peters balances the attention by “Just staying humble. It can all be taken away, at any moment”.
A combo guard that understands his stamp in big time hoops will be made as a lead man, Peters nevertheless has an offensive stylistic requirement of his future college home: “Well, the type of player I am, I need to have space…spacing to give me opportunities to do what I have to do. Plus I can pass, so I’d rather play in that offense.”
At the time of this interview, Kansas received a commitment from another ’13 guard in Frank Mason. Some in the District, Maryland, and Virginia area have surmised Mason’s presence would eliminate Kansas. Peters didn’t feel that way, answering whether Mason’s presence precluded the Jayhawks, “Naw, if I do what I’m supposed to do, I’ll be alright” (Today, they landed another backcourt guy, Wayne Selden).
In terms of development, Roddy has been doing what’s necessary – primarily learning to run a team and shoot better from the perimeter, since he’s a top level penetrator, disher and at times finisher. DC Assault helped teach him to run a squad, particularly his former 17u coach, former and present NBA coach Eddie Jordan. On jump shooting, the young guy has worked hard, even if “It’s still not where it needs to be.” Nevertheless “it’s much better than it was” surmised Peters as “I’m a little more confident (in it).”
Just being at this workout, one in which he was the only former DCA 17u player present, speaks to his work ethic.
“I’m just up there trying to get some work,” he said. “I know everybody else on my team, they aren’t from around here. Since I’m from around here I might as well come up here and get some work.”
While there, he embraced working out with younger players, many of whom admire him. “That’s why I have to keep a leadership role while I’m up here,” revealed Peters of his focus. “I have to work hard, never slack. If I slack, they slack.”
Additionally, he feels an obligation to DC Assault, of whom he only played one year. “I’m a pretty loyal dude,” he suggested. “Whatever they need, I’ll be there for them.”
The same can be said for his future college home.
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