InsideMDSports: Terps check out Suitland point guard

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The Terps have widened their search for a point guard in the 2013 class.

Suitland (Md.) junior Roddy Peters received a phone call [last Friday] from Maryland assistant coach Dalonte Hill.

“He just talked to me to see how my season is going and invited me to the [Florida Gulf Coast] game,” Peters said.

Peters has an offer from St. Joseph's and interest from UMass, Seton Hall, VCU and others. But he’s always has his sights set on one school.

“My AAU coach told [Maryland] I was very interested, because that’s the school I always wanted to go to,” he said. “I just like the school period. The academics [are one reason]. At my school they always use Maryland as an example. They have a new coach who I really like.”

Despite his youth, Peters’ favorite Terps basketball player is a name from well before his time – one whom he’s spent time studying on YouTube.

“I have always been a Maryland fan in football and basketball. My favorite player is probably Len Bias because he’s from around here,” he said.

Peters is considered a top-150 junior nationally. He drew strong reviews at several events last summer but didn’t emerge as a marquee national name at least partially because his AAU club – National Christian – isn’t one of the area’s brand-name powerhouses. Several coaches, though, have told he could emerge as one of the area’s best 2013 prospcts.

He averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds as a sophomore and said he tries to model his game after Washington Wizards star John Wall.

"I’m more of a playmaker than a scorer, but I can score too," he said. "I’m not quite as athletic [as Wall] – I can’t do the windmill dunks – but I can dunk a lot. I’m lengthy and I’m 6-4, so I have a lot of size at the point. I’d probably say I’d be more of a combo in college.”

With Nate Britt off the board to North Carolina and the Harrison twins seemingly a ways from making a decision, the staff is likely to keep close tabs on Peters. It remains to be seen if he receives a Maryland offer, but if that were to happen, he said it would be difficult to turn down.

“I would love for them to offer me,” he said.

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