Richard Peters a recent de-commitment from University of Oklahoma, has favorited UW as his school of choice according to an interview with Chris Fetters of Dawgman.com. Other schools interested in him are Connecticut, Florida State, Louisville, and of course still Oklahoma who Peters has not entirely ruled out.
Peters is listed as a 6’10, 260 pound Center out of a few different schools and AAU clubs. He most recently has played at Westwind Prep Academy, Brewster Academy, and Team Takeover Canada. Peters was due to come out of High School and be a recruit of the 2012 class, but because of some of his studies he is only the ACT test away from being able to enroll in the recruiting class of 2011.
The Huskies have to like that idea, that they can get another big man this year. Which they so desperately are seeking in this off-season. They have already added one in Jernard Jarreau but were looking to bring in two, with Angelo Chol, who earlier this year committed to Arizona. Richard Peters may be that guy that goes along with Darnell Gant, Aziz N’Diaye, Jarreau, and Desmond Simmons.
UW has ties with Peters through an assistant, Raphael Chillious, who coached Peters during the Jordan Brand Classic International. Peters said this to Erin Ashley of boxofmess.com on April 3rd:
"“Personally, the Washington Huskies are at the top. I’ve known the Assistant Coach, Raphael Chillious, at Washington since I was 16 years old… a visit should be coming up soon. I spoke with the assistant coach about trying to make my unofficial next week. And after SATs and ACTs, will plan an official visit. When my high school coach comes back from the Final Four on Tuesday we will discuss everything.”"
I have been working on locating tape of Peters’ game, however, not much is out there that is available online. I have seen bits and pieces of game tape where he is on camera for 5-10 seconds. Therefore, everything below is a lot of hearsay on what the scouts have already said. I will pass along any film, if I find it.
Strengths: Peters is strong and very athletic. He loves to be around the hoop and most of his scoring opportunities come from put-backs and tip-ins. He is an impressive rebounder who loves to over-power opponents in pulling down boards. He also has good footwork in the paint and a great ability about passing out of the post. On the defensive end, he is also able to get up and shot block, using his size control the paint.
Weaknesses: He needs to get conditioned to run in a fast offense. He can get emotional on the court and lose composure at times. Finally, he needs to work on some of his low post moves in scoring opportunities.
Peters is a guy that can make an impact right away and is ready to play at the D-1 level but may need a year to really develop in a game plan and into that talent he can be on the court. He is really raw but shows a ton of potential.
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