PHOENIX,AZ–After being comitted to the Oklahoma Sooners for nearly three years, the 6’10 forward, Richard Peters has now opened up his recruitment due to the departure of four coaches at OU.
With four of the coaches that recruited Peters now gone, including former Head Coach Jeff Capel, it didn’t seem like a right fit.
“I felt things would be a litttle shaky going in for me as a player trying to get playing time in my first year,” said Peters.
“To be honest the relationship between a player and a coach is crucial to a players development and their success both at the next level and in the NCAA. With all four coaches leaving, I had to make a decision and realized this is not for me.”
The junior at Westwind Prep is among a very strong 2012 Canadian class. Peters is a big body that has shed considerable weight over the last year and looks to be more mobile. A few areas in his game that are a work in progress are his lateral quickness and interior game. His ability to step out and hit the elbow jumper make him a commodity for any high-major NCAA program.
“I want to be able to guard my man one-on-one and shut the player down,” he explained. Peters has made it a priority to tone up in order to run the floor at a high level.
Fresh of his decommitment only two days ago, he has garnered a load of interested schools; both former programs recruiting Peters, along with unfamiliar faces in the mix.
Among the schools hoping to secure “Richy” include: Washington, Uconn, Louisville, Missouri, Marquette, Indiana, Seton Hall, Minnesota, Alabama, Davidson, and Georgia.
The clear favourite at this point are the Washington Huskies. However, Peters will take it in stride and eview his options before jumping to a conclusion.
“Im going out there to prove to myself that I’m back. I’m not going to let this thing save me, I’m going to get the best program available and I’m looking foward to the AAU season to showcase my skills.”
The most striking characteristic of Peters’ game is the energy that he provides to an enitre team, the ability to wake his teammates up from a slumber with a long growl. He’s a team player in every sense of the word and is a refreshing sight to see.
He is hoping that his future coach will be able to coincide with Peters’ intensity.
“I like a coach that has a lot of energy and passion for the game of basketball, that’s how I present myself, looking for someone that I can be coached by to share the same energy level or even higher to motivate me.”
Richard Peters will be on the AAU circuit where he will be playing for a SUPER-TALENTED CIA BOUNCE ROSTER beginning with the Boo William Nike Invitational in Virginia from April 8-10