ACC Basketball

Freshmen Orientation: Roddy Peters

Roddy Peters

Name: Roddy Peters

School: Maryland

Position: Point Guard

Measurements: 6-4/180

From: District Heights, Maryland

High School: Suitland High School

AAU Team: DC Assault

RANKINGS:

ESPN: 4-Star | #12 Rated PG | #52 Overall

Scout: 4-Star | #8 Rated PG | #43 Overall

Rivals: 4-Star | #8 Rated PG | #42 Overall

247Sports: 5-Star | #4 Rated PG | #20 Overall

Quick Thoughts:

I got Roddy Peters penciled in as the fourth best rookie point guard heading to the ACC in 2013, behind Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Anthony Barber (N.C. State) and Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame). His only problem is, he tends to play more like a shoot guard.

Peter’s got good size and good hands. He loves to push in transition and attack the rim and is quite crafty when he gets deep into the paint. He’s got a nice mid-range game and is a great rebounder for a guard.

Now the experts like to say he’s not a great athlete and I’m not one to ever question authority, but after watching all his highlight videos available, he looks like a damn good athlete to me. Granted, highlight videos are typically the best of the best, but you can’t be a good athlete some of the time.

Now his ball handling could use some work (he struggles with turnovers), but he’s certainly shown the ability to work his way around opponents in one on one situations.

From deep, he can knock down a three, but his jumper lacks lift and longer opponents will be able to swat the rock away easily if he doesn’t get more height when he shoots.

In the end though, the one area Peters needs to work on is his ability to be a true floor general. There is no shame in being a scoring point guard, but it’s his job to make his teammates better and I’m not sure Peters is up to that challenge yet.

Freshman Outlook:

Mark Turgeon went hard after transferring point guards this off-season, but failed to deliver. The reasons are simple. the Terrapins turn the ball over way too much and struggled to run a consistent offense in a half court set.

Heading into his senior year, a lot thought Roddy Peters had the goods to step right in and start as soon as he walked on the Maryland campus, but a mid-season injury during his senior year set him back a bit.

His situation reminds me a lot of Duke’s Quinn Cook. He showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie in Cameron, but definitely struggled to find a good groove because of an injury his senior year of high school.

I would expect the same from Peters. Seth Allen should start and I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts all season, while Peters backups both guard spots. However, it’s hard to imagine when the Terrapins join the BIG TEN, Peters won’t be running the show.

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