In three games, Peters is averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 assists in 21.7 minutes. He had seven turnovers through his first two games, but only two against Oregon State.

"Sometimes he'll be a little too fast," sophomore center Shaquille Cleare said. "Roddy reminds me a lot of myself my freshman year trying to understand the offensive and defensive principles. But he's a hell of a player. He can really score the ball. It's ridiculous how long his arms are. I think he can be a really good defender, as well as a good offensive player for us."

Among Peters' best qualities, Turgeon said, is that he listens. Asked how coachable Peters is, Turgeon replied: "On a scale of 1 to 10, he's been a 9. He knows he has a lot to learn about the game. Roddy's biggest problem is he's so used to dominating at the high school level."

Peters was recruited by Maryland assistant Dalonte Hill, who is on an indefinite leave of absence after a drunken driving charge. During Peters' recruitment, Maryland was among the finalists for guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two of the most highly touted recruits in the nation.

The Terps lost out on the Harrison twins, who enrolled at Kentucky. But that cleared the way for Peters to attend the school he had always followed closely. Maryland coaches believe they would have lost Peters if the Harrisons had committed to College Park.

Peters, who had season-ending shoulder surgery during his senior year of high school, was a frequent guest at Comcast Center before enrolling. He watched Maryland's home games and imagined how his college career might unfold.

"He was very patient and waited while we recruited the twins," Turgeon said. "He wanted to stay home and be close with his mom. He grew up loving Maryland."

Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus contributed to this article.