Suitland guard Roddy Peters will cut his senior season short to have shoulder surgery. (Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The 6-foot-4 guard wrote in a text to the Post that his last game with Suitland will be Dec. 20, when the Rams host No. 10 Eleanor Roosevelt.

Peters scored 16 points in the 19th-ranked Rams’ season-opener on Wednesday night, a 72-63 loss to Wise. Afterward, he posted on his Instagram account about the upcoming surgery, writing “Tonight was my last high school game.”Peters wrote that his recovering would sideline him until June. But after sleeping on it and talking with his family, Peters had a change of heart.

“Just thinking about all my family who never got to see me play, and also my friends,” Peters wrote in a text. “I (never) want to stop playing basketball so I want to play until I can’t anymore.”

Peters, who said he has been cleared by his doctor to play until his surgery date, added: “I am mainly playing for Suitland school as a whole!”

The highly touted senior originally dislocated the shoulder over the summer playing on the AAU circuit, but earlier this week, Suitland Coach George McClure said Peters was practicing normally and planned to play a full season. He later added “if [the shoulder] becomes bad we’re going to do whatever is best for Roddy.”

Over the past year, Peters emerged as one of the area’s most highly regarded prospects. He averaged 23 points per game last season in leading Suitland to the Maryland 4A South final and continued to bolster his recruiting stock in the offseason playing with the AAU team D.C. Assault.

In October, Peters, now ranked by ESPN as the second-best prospect in his class from the state of Maryland, verbally committed to Maryland, picking the Terrapins over Georgetown, Rutgers, Xavier, Kansas and UCLA.

He signed a national letter of intent during the early signing period last month, and by that time, he had spurned interest from area private schools to return to the District Heights public school for his final high school season.

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