No surprises, just excitement for the Maryland basketball team, which officially announced the expected signings of Damonte Dodd and Roddy Peters, both of whom inked their national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon to join the Terrapins’ recruiting class of 2013, which currently ranks 21st nationally, according to 247sports.com.
Following up the stellar incoming class of current freshmen, featuring Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell, Dodd and Peters give the Terps an inside-out combo of local products, further bolstering the already impressive recruiting resume that Coach Mark Turgeon and his staff have assembled since arriving in College Park.
Peters, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect from Suitland High, is consistently ranked by multiple scouting services among the top 10 point guards nationally. He played AAU for DC Assault under Eddie Jordan, and averaged 25 points and seven assists for the Rams during his junior season. Peters, whose recruitment was spearheaded by Maryland assistant Dalonte Hill, saw his national profile rise over the summer, when he picked up offers from UCLA, Kansas and Georgetown, among others.
“Roddy is a loyal young man who could have left public high school and attended a prep school — but he wanted to play at Suitland with his teammates,” Rams Coach George McClure said in a Maryland press release. “He understands the importance of getting an outstanding education and he will do well academically. Roddy is the best high school player that I have seen in the open court — not just the best player that I have coached in the open court — but that I have watched play. His skill set will be unique to Maryland and will be a benefit when he is in the open court.”
A lifelong Terps fan who idolized the 2002 national championship team, Peters figures to slot nicely next year into the Maryland backcourt alongside Allen, Pe’Shon Howard and Nick Faust.
“Roddy is a great kid and comes from a great family,” Turgeon said in the release. “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.”
Dodd, who attended Queen Anne’s County High School before taking a prep year this fall at Massanutten Military Academy, committed to Maryland in February. A strong shot-blocker at 6-9 and 240 pounds, Dodd averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks as a senior, setting Queen Anne’s County records in consecutive years for rebounds and blocks. Like Peters, he played under Jordan with the DC Assault.
“The coaching staff [at Maryland] is like a family and they really look after their guys,” Dodd said. “Ultimately, everyone wants to make it to the NBA but they really emphasized getting your education, and that’s something that’s very important to me. You never know what happens, so my education is my first priority and the University of Maryland is a great school.”
Dodd, who was recruited by Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli, decided to remain close to home for college, and will add another big body to the Terps’ already deep frontcourt, which will only graduate senior James Padgett.
“Damonte will be fun to coach and he really has big upside,” Turgeon said. “He plays extremely hard and he strives to get better every day. He’s almost 6-foot-10 and still growing. He runs, rebounds, and blocks shots, and his best years on the basketball court are ahead of him. He fits the mold of who we recruit as an unselfish and good kid.”