Roddy Peters, the four-star recruit from Suitland who committed to Maryland on Tuesday, had a pretty good coach to learn from this past spring and summer while playing for D.C. Assault.
Former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, a former point guard himself, helped coach Peters on the local AAU powerhouse and believes the Terps made out well for themselves.
"He's a terrific passer, a willing passer, who's great in the open court," Jordan said Wednesday from Los Angeles, where he is now an assistant with the Lakers. "But he can also finish on the break. He looks wiry, but he's pretty strong."
Jordan said that's where Peters -- as well as some of the other D.C. Assault players such as North Carolina commit Nate Britt Jr. -- made his biggest improvement was on defense.
"He's got those long arms that can get his hands on balls," Jordan said. "That was a big boost to his game. In high school, he had developed some poor habits on defense."
The D.C. Assault team wound up winning a national championship, beating the Houston Defenders led by Andrew and Aaron Harrison, who recently chose Kentucky over Maryland.
Jordan said he doesn't know whether Peters would have picked the Terps had the Harrisons committed to coming to College Park, especially since some big-name programs such as Kansas and UCLA had become interested. Peters jumped from outside the top 100 to the top 40 prospects in the country.
"I know that Roddy always loved Maryland," Jordan said.
Jordan believes that Peters is better in the transition game than the Harrisons, but needs to improve some of his halfcourt skills -- particularly his jump shot -- to have a chance to get to the NBA.
"I think he has to work on his shot and get stronger," Jordan said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun