AAU ball helped pave way for Peters

ESPN 100 point guard Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md./Suitland) has committed to Maryland over offers from Georgetown, Kansas, UCLA, Memphis, Rutgers and Xavier, among others.

Peters is a combo guard who really blossomed as a point guard over the last seven months. He really benefited from the coaching of former NBA coach Eddie Jordan, who led the D.C. Assault travel team on the AAU circuit this past summer. That much was evident at July’s Summer Jam event in Milwaukee, Wisc. Jordan helped simplify things for Peters, helping him limit mistakes while remaining productive on the court – areas that could help Peters earn early playing time under Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.

Peters has great size at 6-foot-4, and he is smart and crafty with the ball. He does a great job on the break with the advance pass to apply immediate pressure on transition defenders. In the half court he penetrates and uses his size to deliver the ball on the money over smaller defenders to teammates moving without the ball or coming off screens.

Maryland is adding a versatile guard that can be tough to match up with because Peters can also play off the ball or in the backcourt with another point guard. That will make the Terps difficult to pressure on defense and allow them to attack opponents off the dribble on offense. Peters has a nice midrange pull-up and can make open 3-pointers off the catch or dribble when his feet are set. Turgeon will also have a solid post up option when Peters is at the point.

With Peters, Seth Allen and Nick Faust on the floor at the same time, Turgeon will have a variety of offensive options on the perimeter.

Defensively the options are plentiful as well for Turgeon. Peters can easily defend both guard spots and could switch onto all three perimeter positions in most lineups. The Terps will have the luxury of using Peters’ length to pressure the ball without getting beat off the drive and could press and create some very big guard trapping situations.

Maryland now has commitments from the two most important positions in college basketball at the point in Peters and center with 6-9 Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md./Massanutten Military Academy). Maryland’s staff did a great job in getting a pair of local kids to don their home state’s uniform.