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Little-known outside of local circles as recently as last winter, Roddy Peters had consistently increased his standing with recruiters, a process that hit a high note last week, when he starred at the Reebok Breakout event in Philly. New schools, such as UCLA, jumped into his recruitment, while Georgetown and Memphis made their interest formal by offering scholarships. There was also talk he may add a third offer from Maryland, his childhood favorite.
And one day later, that’s exactly what happened. On the morning of his 18th birthday, Peters received a call from Terps head coach Mark Turgeon, who told him a scholarship now awaits him in College Park.
“He hadn’t really been able to see me that much, but he saw me [at Reebok], saw that I’m a point guard and just saw me play my game,” said Peters, a 6-foot-4 rising senior at nearby Suitland High. “He liked how I push the ball, dribble and play defense.”
When we first profiled Peters late last year, he held just one offer, from St. Joseph's. Having grown up a Maryland fan, he maintained for some time thereafter that an offer from the Terrapins would be hard to pass up. But now that his options have increased en masse, has that changed?
“They’re still one of the schools I really like, but I really just want to see which schools offer [this summer],” he said, adding he’d like to make a commitment between the completion of the AAU season and the beginning of the upcoming school year. “I’m going through my options right now.”
One factor in Peters’ decision is likely Maryland’s pursuit of other guards. He’s well-aware he’s not the only one Turgeon’s recruiting, though he said he doesn’t know how that would affect his decision.
“I’m not sure yet,” he said. “[Turgeon] was saying they really need a point guard and it helps that I’m local. They’re recruiting three point guards, [Andrew Harrison], Rysheed Jordan and now, me.”
Recruiting aside, the offer from Maryland was the culmination of a lot of hard work for Peters, who got to enjoy the reward on his birthday.
“It feels great. I feel like I earned it,” he said. “I did everything I was supposed to do.”
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