Roddy Peters

Roddy Peters (Rivals.com / May 22, 2013)

Roddy Peters’ plan to claim Maryland’s starting point guard job suffered a significant setback in December when the Suitland senior underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.

Doctors told Peters at the time that he probably wouldn’t be back on the court at full strength until July or August. But the future Terp had a different timeline in mind.

 “I’m back now. It ain’t an injury no more,” said Peters, who signed with Maryland in November. “I’m like 97 percent. Another week before I’m back.”

In the aftermath of his surgery, Peters went to physical therapy twice a week and worked out separately every other day. He’s maintained his stamina through consistent treadmill work, and he’s focused recently on “a lot of shoulder stuff” in the weight room.

“I’m still lifting,” he said. “Taking it slow … [but I’m] ahead of schedule.”

A consensus four-star prospect, Peters was told by Maryland coaches after his surgery to “take it slow.” To an extent, he followed those instructions. But watching his teammates from Suitland’s bench served as motivation for Peters to power through his rehabilitation. The ultimate goal was to compete for the starting point guard job as a freshman at Maryland.

“[I’m] coming in to control the team, be the point guard. It’s me and Seth’s job,” Peters said of soon-to-be sophomore combo guard Seth Allen. With Pe’Shon Howard transferring away from Maryland, it’ll be a two- or three-man battle at the 1, depending on whether or not the Terps are able to add Memphis transfer Antonio Barton to the mix.

Peters has sensed that Maryland fans are taking a “wait and see” approach when it comes to his college readiness coming off shoulder surgery. Peters’ plan all along has been to “come in and be ready” starting Sunday, when he moves into his dorm and begins spring/summer classes and informal workouts.

“I’m going to play hard every night, play defense and give my all every night.”

Here’s an introduction to Peters:

Name: Roddy Peters

Birthdate: July 14, 1995

Birthplace: District Heights

Hometown: District Heights

Height: 6-4

Weight: 185

Position:  Point guard

High school: Suitland

Rankings: Rivals.com – Four-star prospect, No. 10 point guard, No. 48 player nationally. Scout.com – Four-star prospect, No. 8 point guard, No. 44 player nationally. ESPN.com – Four-star prospect, No. 12 point guard, No. 52 player nationally, No. 1 player in Maryland. 247Sports.com – Five-star prospect, No. 4 point guard, No. 20 player nationally, No. 1 player in Maryland.

Runner-up school: Kansas