InsideMDSports: Suitland point guard Roddy Peters stating his case for Terps offer

January 02, 2012|By Jeff Ermann | Special to The Baltimore Sun

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Suitland guard Roddy Peters has made it clear he’d like to play for the University of Maryland, and with a scorching start to his junior season, he’s doing his best to make the Terps' coaching staff take notice.

Peters, a 6-4 guard who averaged 16 points as a sophomore, has made the transition to the point and it’s paid off to the tune of 26.8 points, 8.3 assists and five rebounds per game in Suitland’s 6-2 start.

“I’m basically pushing the ball and seeing the floor. By moving to the point it’s opened up a lot of opportunities to score because I can pass the ball, too,” he said.

College recruiters have taken notice, St. Joseph’s, which tendered an early offer, has been by to watch him, as have Providence, Cincinnati, UMass and DePaul. What about Maryland?

“[Maryland assistant] coach [Dalonte] Hill was supposed to come to my game but they had practice that night," Peters said. "But he’s been talking to my AAU coach a lot and they’re going to come see me. “I talk to him all the time. I call him a lot. He’s been telling me about their team and how they’re looking for a guard in the Class of 2013.”

Peters has made no bones about the fact he’d like to be that point guard.

"[Hill] knows that’s my top school and he’s just taking it slow because they haven’t see me play yet,” Peters said.

What is it about Maryland that has Peters dreaming of becoming a Terp?

“I grew up watching them," he said. "I always watched guys like Juan Dixon. Most kids in this area go away for college. Nobody stays local and I’d like to stay."

Peters visited Maryland earlier this season for a game and liked what he saw.

“I liked the atmosphere. I was mostly looking at what it would be like to play there,” he said. “I like the way the coaches coach and I think they’re going to be good.”

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