Roddy Peters: Should Maryland Terps Worry That Kansas Jayhawks Are Pursuing Him?
In the mid-1980s, 5'10'' point guard Mark Turgeon played for the Kansas Jayhawks, becoming the first player in school history to compete in four NCAA tournaments.
Now, the current Maryland head coach and Kansas are competing for something else.
This time, they're competing against each other.
Maryland native point guard Roddy Peters is a 6'4'' senior at Suitland High School. ESPN and Rivals rank Peters as a top-50 prospect in the class of 2013. 247sports appears to be the most bullish on Peters' talents, listing him as the No. 17 prospect in 2013.
Peters stated earlier this year, before he even had a Maryland offer, that the university was his clear-cut number one choice (via Jeff Ermann of the Baltimore Sun). Despite a significant rankings boost, the general consensus has remained that Maryland is the favorite to land Roddy Peters.
Throughout the summer, rumors of Peters being connected with Kansas have been circulating, causing concern for Maryland fans.
Now that the Jayhawks have whiffed on high-caliber point guards Anthony Barber and Chris Jones this month, the pieces are falling in place for Kansas to make a serious push to land Maryland's local target.
Peters recently adjusted his school list, annexing Memphis and Seton Hall, and of course, adding Kansas.
The common mindset among the Maryland faithful has been, "If we don't land the Harrison twins, at least we still have Roddy."
Peters' stock is continually rising, and he can no longer be considered a backup plan on Coach Turgeon's recruiting agenda.
Maryland can't afford to lose out on another local product. The Terps need to lock down Roddy Peters before a national powerhouse like Kansas encroaches too closely into Maryland's window of opportunity.
With Kansas entering the recruitment of Peters full-force, should Maryland seriously worry Peters will ditch his dream school?
The answer is yes.
Peters is an elite talent. He has ideal size at 6'4'', and his menacing approach on the offensive end would fit perfectly into Bill Self's system at Kansas.
Inevitably, someone as highly regarded as Peters is going to start receiving legitimate national attention. It had always been just a matter of when the big-name schools would start calling, and not if.
That time is now.
To state it simply, Kansas is a more appealing destination for a recruit in terms of program history and sending players to the NBA. Peters isn't unique from any other high school prospect in regards to his desire of those two components.
Is there any specific reason why Kansas' involvement in the recruitment of Roddy Peters should worry Maryland?
Where will Roddy Peters go?
But is there any general reason why Kansas' involvement in the recruitment of Roddy Peters should worry Maryland?
Without a doubt.
With the unsettling abundance of ambiguity and drama surrounding the recruitment of Terps' top 2013 targets Andrew and Aaron Harrison, from SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria's report to scout.com's Josh Gershon's report (only viewable for Scout subscribers), one thing is certain.
Maryland needs to begin facing the disheartening reality that there is a possibility for life without the "wonder twins," and make sure that Roddy Peters is locked down as a Terrapin.
Kansas is gaining ground fast, and the thought of out-recruiting a team like the Jayhawks should be viewed more as wishful thinking than reality.
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