Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Roddy Peters commits to Maryland
By Dave Telep
Maryland has its point guard for the future after Roddy Peters called Kansas, Rutgers, UCLA, Georgetown and Xavier and told them that he will play for the Terrapins.
"I wanted to go there since I was younger," Peters (Suitland, Md./Suitland) said. "I've always been a Maryland fan since Juan Dixon. Then when [assistant coach] Dalonte Hill came, it was like family. I'm grateful and I'm happy."
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior's ascension into the ESPN 100 began in the spring. At that time, he was a scorer before transforming his game into that of a point guard. By mid-July, Peters was a coveted lead guard and a priority recruit for most the schools on his list. However, the relationship with Maryland was complicated.
The Terrapins were in a unique position while they recruited Peters. The local product played his way up to No. 43 overall in the ESPN 100 but knew the Terps coveted the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew. Maryland's pursuit of the Texas duo, who eventually picked Kentucky, meant Peters flew in a holding pattern.
"I felt that I was still getting recruited by other schools and I could go somewhere I could be happy," Peters said. "When [the Harrisons] decided to go to Kentucky, I knew that was a blessing that it was my time right there."
Helping Maryland hold its pitch to the D.C. Assault point guard together was Hill, a former D.C. Assault player himself.
"Roddy will be the first D.C. Assault player to ever go to Maryland," Assault coach Damon Handon said. "D.C. Assault has existed for 18 years."
Former Maryland coach Gary Williams had a contentious relationship with the travel team and Peters is a local trailblazer by committing to the Terps.
"I love Maryland fans, and I know when I get there it'll be my time to shine," he said. "When I went to the game and watched Juan Dixon as a kid, the fans where rowdy, and I liked the way [the team] played. Getting to stay local and having fans from the area see me play, I can't really ask for anything better than that."
Peters averaged 25 points and seven assists as a junior. He and Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md./Massanutten) are the two current members of Mark Turgeon's 2013 recruiting class.