Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:27 PM
Published on: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
By Brandy L. Simms
Suitland High School senior Roddy Peters made his verbal commitment official last week when the 6-foot-4 guard signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball at Maryland.
“I decided it was the best situation for me,” said Peters, who opted for the Terrapins over Kansas and UCLA. “They have always been the school that I wanted to go to.”
Maryland landed a highly-regarded Prince George’s County product in Peters, a four-star prospect by most accounts.
“Roddy is a great kid and comes from a great family,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “He’s a great example of us trying to keep the best local players home at Maryland. Roddy loves Maryland, and we recruit that — kids that love it here and really want to be here. He has excellent court vision, a great feel for the game and his length at his position is a great asset. He’s an unselfish basketball player that is all about winning.”
Peters said he made official visits to Xavier and Rutgers and took unofficial visits to Maryland and Georgetown. He averaged 23 points, 5.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game at Suitland last season but saw his recruiting skyrocket last summer after playing for the nationally acclaimed D.C. Assault AAU program.
The Suitland native is elated about joining the Maryland basketball program.
“I really liked the coaching staff, and I’m looking forward to playing and learning from Coach Turgeon,” Peters said. “Coach (Dalonte)Hill and I really bonded during this process. The Terps practice and work hard; they are very disciplined on the court and I feel it will be a great fit.”
Peters also looks forward to playing at a school not far from his home in Prince George’s County.
“Maryland basketball has great history and a rich tradition,” Peters said. “I loved watching Steve Francis, Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez play. I am just excited to have the opportunity to continue playing basketball at the University of Maryland.”