When the University of Maryland's two most coveted recruits, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, opted for Kentucky 12 days ago, the path for Suitland High School's Roddy Peters became clear.
On Tuesday morning, Peters made a verbal commitment to become a Terp. Maryland's pitch for the Rivals.com No. 39 recruit was aided by Dalonte Hill, an assistant coach for the Terps and a former D.C. Assault player, the same AAU team Peters played for this past summer. Assault coach Damon Handon told ESPN that Peters is the first player in the team's 18-year history to commit to Maryland.
In his junior season with the Rams, the 6-foot-4, 180 pound Peters averaged 23 points and 5.2 assists per game and turned down offers from Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis and Rutgers among others.
With former Terp point guard Terrell Stoglin leaving for the NBA after a series of failed drug tests and junior guard Pe'Shon Howard constantly battling ailments, Peters' impact could be immediate. He joins 6-foot-9, 230-pound center Damonte Dodd as the two current members of Maryland coach Mark Turgeon's 2013 recruiting class.