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
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
Other schools considered: UCLA and Georgetown
Favorite pro basketball player: Carmelo Anthony
Favorite pro basketball team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Favorite all-time Terp: Juan Dixon
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa
Favorite book: “By Any Means Necessary” -- Malcolm X
Favorite TV show: Martin
Favorite food: Fish
Favorite high school class: Science
Favorite thing about College Park: “Fans.”
Hobbies: “I like to draw and play video games.”
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m ambidextrous.”
Best basketball moment: “When I made it to the playoffs with Suitland in the 11th grade.”
Role model: “John Wall because I was in the same situation as him.”
Why Maryland? “It’s always been my dream school and I like the coaches. I got a real good relationship with the coaches.”