After weeks of silence following his abrupt transfer from the Maryland men’s basketball team, point guard Roddy Peters has reportedly found a new home. According to CBSSports.com, the once-highly touted local recruit has committed to South Florida following one season with the Terrapins. He will sit out a year per NCAA regulations with three seasons of eligibility remaining.
While fellow Maryland transfers Nick Faust (undecided), Shaq Cleare (Texas) and Seth Allen (Virginia Tech) have either given public interviews, spoken on the radio or at least contacted media outlets to discuss their new recruitments, Peters has remained mostly mum. Last weekend, he confirmed on Instagram that he was visiting South Florida with his mother, Jamena, reportedly the only visit Peters took. According to InsideMDSports, Peters was also considering Rhode Island, Tennessee and Oregon.
A four-star recruit from Suitland High School, Peters spurned interest from programs including Georgetown, UCLA, Kansas and Xavier to remain nearby in College Park. This past season, Peters struggled to adjust to the college game as his minutes fluctuated while he dealt with off-the-court issues that, sources said, ultimately caused him to leave the program. He averaged 15.1 minutes per game in 2013-14, scored 4.1 points per game and handed out 2.1 assists.
“I think he has tremendous potential to be a heck of a player,” Coach Mark Turgeon said in April, when the transfers of Peters, Cleare and Faust were announced together. “I’m sorry I’m not going to be able to work with him more.”
At South Florida, Peters will play for first-year Coach Orlando Antigua, a longtime assistant at Memphis and Kentucky under John Calipari. The Bulls went just 12-20 last season, including 3-15 in the tough American Athletic Conference. His mother did not immediately return a text message request seeking confirmation.