Roddy Peters entered the spring travel-team season with a couple of high-majors looking at him, but he was still taking a backseat to AAU teammates Nate Britt and Kris Jenkins. Five months later, Peters is one of the most sought-after point guards on the board.
"Last year I wasn't ranked," Peters said on Thursday, pointing to his individual improvement and increased exposure as primary reasons for the boost.
The 6-foot-4 Suitland (Md.) is now No. 47 in the CBSSports.com top 100, good enough to be ranked No. 10 in a loaded point guard class. As a result of his play with DC Assault during the spring and summer, Peters saw his recruitment skyrocket as well.
He trimmed his list to seven schools back at the beginning of August but has since dropped Seton Hall and Memphis.
"Just tightening up my schools a little," Peters said.
Conversely, one school has entered the picture recently. Kansas hasn't kept it secret that it's looking for a point guard in this class, and the Jayhawks lost two of their biggest targets in the past week with Anthony "Cat" Barber and Chris Jones both committing. Demetrius Jackson is still on Kansas' board, but Bill Self and staff have also really picked up their interest in Peters.
Peters has returned some of the increased interest.
"I like the history, and I like the style of play," he said.
Peters has been busy the past several weeks, taking several steps in his recruitment. He hosted Xavier, UCLA andRutgers on in-home visits recently. He took unofficial visits to Maryland and Georgetown during the summer, and tripped officially to Xavier. Peters will go another official visit this week, as he heads to Rutgers.
There is a DC Assault connection with the Scarlet Knights, as Rutgers assistant David Cox was formerly involved with the famed AAU program. A pipeline has begun to grow between the two, with Wally Judge, Jerome Seagears andMalick Kone all currently on the roster.
"I just want to see how the campus is," Peters said. "See how the players interact with each other."
He also has an official visit planned to UCLA on Oct. 6.
While some people point to Maryland being Peters' leader, he made it clear he has no favorite right now. He also said he has no timetable for a decision.
"I want a good education and a nice place to be," Peters said.