Report: Maryland transfer Roddy Peters commits to South Florida

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Roddy Peters is headed to Tampa, as the former Maryland guard committed to new South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua on Wednesday morning, according to a report from

Peters was a top 50 recruit coming out of high school, but he averaged just 4.1 points and 2.1 assists as a freshman with the Terps as he struggled to break into Mark Turgeon’s rotation. Peters transferred out of the program at the same time as Shaquille Cleare and Roddy Peters.

Peters will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season as a transfer, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2015-2016 season.

That’s the same time as Marshall transfer Kareem Canty will get eligible. Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists for the Thundering Herd last season, so while Antigua’s team will struggle a bit in his first year, the future for the Bulls is looking bright.

Recovery remains on track for Maryland point guard Seth Allen

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Through ten games the Maryland Terrapins have turned the ball over on nearly 20% of their possessions, but in their 66-62 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday afternoon Mark Turgeon’s squad finished with just nine turnovers. Freshman Roddy Peters (five assists, three turnovers) has become more comfortable as the starting point guard, and both Nick Faust (five assists, two turnovers) and Evan Smotrycz (four assists, one turnover) were effective distributors against the Owls as well.

But there’s still a piece missing, and that is sophomore Seth Allen. Allen averaged 7.8 points and 2.3 assists per game as a freshman, and he was expected to be the one running the show when practice began. But Allen broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during a practice, meaning that the Terrapins would be without him for 8-10 weeks.

On Saturday Turgeon stated that Allen, who is six weeks into his rehab process, remains on track for a return when Maryland dives back into ACC play according to Daniel Martin of CSN Baltimore.

Allen, who has been out since early November after undergoing surgery to repair a broken foot, underwent an X-ray on Thursday to assess his progress. Coach Mark Turgeon said on Friday that the timeline for his return remains the same as what it was when the procedure took place.

That’s good news for Maryland, which can certainly use some additional depth at the point. In addition to Peters the Terrapins started Dez Wells at the point and have even used Varun Ram in spot duty at the position. And when under control, Faust can help them in the distribution department as well. But Allen’s presence gives Maryland a player whose primary skill is that of a distributor.

If the Terrapins are to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid in their final season as a member of the ACC, they’ll need Allen to be back at full strength when he returns to the court.

Maryland loses starting guard Seth Allen to a broken foot

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Maryland has lost Seth Allen for the next 8-to-10 weeks after the 6-foot guard suffered a fractured foot in practice on Tuesday.

The injury is a fracture to the fifth metatarsel in Allen’s left foot.

“We are devastated for Seth,” said Maryland head coach Turgeon in a release. “He was playing at a very high level throughout the summer and fall and was poised to have an excellent start to the season.  We will support Seth during his rehabilitation process and will prepare him, so he can get back on the court with his teammates.”

Allen, who averaged 7.8 points as a freshman, was slated to be a starter in the back court for the Terps. He’s listed as a point guard even though he’s more of a natural scorer and shooter. With Allen out, it will force freshman Roddy Peters into a bigger role on the offensive end of the floor. Peters is a playmaker and a ball-handler, but at this stage in his development, he’s better suited to playing in transition in the open floor than he is to running a team in the half court.

He’ll have to learn fast. Maryland kicks off their season on November 8th against UConn at the Barclays Center, which means that you can probably expect Dez Wells to help with some of the point guard duties early on in the year.

Allen should be back by the time ACC play rolls around.

Frosh Peters making a push for Terps point guard spot


There was a time in college basketball when a coach wouldn’t dream of entrusting his team to a freshman point guard. That time has passed, and we’re in the era of the one-and-done player who tends to get his playing time right away.

Maryland freshman Roddy Peters may not be the second coming of John Wall, but he is impressing Terps head coach Mark Turgeon. After observing a few early practices, Turgeon is starting to think he got an even better player than he originally thought.

“I knew Roddy was really good, but he has a gear I never saw,” Turgeon told a reporter for Maryland’s The Diamondback student newspaper after a recent morning practice. “I thought he was a fourth-gear guy, but he kind of gets into a fifth gear and I didn’t know he had that.”

Peters is 6-foot-4 and not afraid to drive to the rim, but he appears to have the skillset of a natural point guard, which should make him really tough to defend.

Early on, the point job may be the property of Seth Allen, but Turgeon told the newspaper that he definitely plans to shake things up, allowing combo guard Allen to indulge his natural instinct as a scorer while Peters distributes. With Shaq Cleare and Charles Mitchell inside, and Xavier transfer Dez Wells as the unquestioned leader of the Terps, Maryland has a team to be reckoned with this season, all the more so if Peters can lock down the point guard slot and free up his teammates to fill up the nets.


Top-50 guard Roddy Peters commits to Mark Turgeon and Maryland

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Coach Mark Turgeon might have missed out on the Harrison twins earlier this fall, but he wouldn’t miss twice in a row.

Top-50 guard Roddy Peters announced Tuesday that he would be headed to Maryland to play for Turgeon and the Terrapins, choosing the rising ACC school over Kansas, Xavier, and Georgetown.

Peters is a local product from District Hill, Md., making him a top priority for the Terrapins, especially because of his affiliation with the prominent D.C.-area AAU program DC Assault.

As a combo guard, Peters now becomes a key piece of Maryland’s backcourt of the future. He is 6-4, 180 pounds and has the ability to get to the basket, run in transition, and create his own shot.

He becomes the second prospect to pledge his name to Maryland from the Class of 2013, following 6-9 big man Damonte Dodd, who committed in February.

Despite losing out on the Harrison twins, Turgeon continues forward with his second straight strong recruiting class with the Terrapins.

His Class of 2012, which takes the floor this fall, features Top-100 prospects Shaquille Cleare and Jake Layman, as well as Georgia native Charles Mitchell and guard Seth Allen.

He also secured transfer Dez Wells from Xavier, who will be eligible to play next season.

The Terrapins open their 2012-13 season against Kentucky on Nov. 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_