Roddy Peters was always talented. But before the season, it was believed that the 6-foot-3 Suitland junior guard projected as a mid-major college basketball recruit, as he sported only one scholarship offer, from Massachusetts.
Something inside Peters, however, clicked, as Suitland Coach George McClure put it. Peters has been electric since the offseason and halfway through this season, quickly emerging as one of the region’s budding top prospects.
As Peters poured in 29 points in a 80-71 win over host Bowie on Tuesday night, recruiters from Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth and Towson watched from the stands. Miami, which called earlier in the day, is hoping to swing by next week. Villanova and West Virginia have already been in touch with Peters.
“The whole process has just amazed me,” McClure said. “Before the season I thought he was solid [Atlantic 10], maybe major. But he’s major. He can play with anybody.”
Peters, who spent his freshman season at Westlake in Waldorf, returned to Suitland his sophomore year. And despite showing some potential last season while averaging 14.1 ppg, he wasn’t on major colleges’ radars.
But after a strong offseason and a 24.6 ppg average this season, Peters’s name is growing among college coaches, with word reaching new ones each week like a snowball effect.
Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Saint Joseph’s and Providence are also seriously interested, Peters said. Two of the area’s top AAU teams, D.C. Assault and Team Takeover, are also pursuing him heavily.
“When I was younger everybody told me I was going to have a lot of schools after me,” he said. “So now I’m enjoying it. I’m open to everybody.”
Against a feisty, defensive-minded Bowie team, Peters scored 14 of his points in the second half of a game that the Bulldogs lead 59-57 with six minutes left. Senior guard Shakir Stocks led Bowie (7-3, 5-2) with 17 points.
With his team trailing 61-59, Peters, a lean, long-armed guard, used his speed and knack for the basket to score two straight layups for Suitland (7-2, 5-2). Then leading 74-70, he set up teammates DeAndre Gatling and Daquan Page for layups with two nice passes.
And then, on the final play, he tore away on a fast break and dunked the ball just before time expired. He then raced to the front of the stands where two Maryland assistant coaches were seated and held out his front of his jersey with his hands.
“That was for the crowd to know Suitland’s here and I can do it,” he said.