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_