Richard Peters is a 6’10" center from Toronto, Ont., Canada and is currently considering around eight schools including Marquette. ESPN.com has Peters ranked as the 97th best player in the Class of 2012. At 260 lbs, Peters is a huge threat down low. He is currently in the AAU season with Nike CIA Bounce. I recently did an interview with him.
ZH: What are you working on this summer to improve your game?
RP: I’m working on everything and anything to improve, but mainly my jump shot and quickness. I really want to take my game to the next level. I want to be able to be an offensive and also defensive problem.
ZH: Any school at the top of your list right now?
RP: Washington University is at the top of the list as of right now.
ZH: How has your AAU team been doing so far this season?
RP: Nike CIA Bounce is doing good, we are third in our division in the EYBL with seven wins and three losses. A lot is expected from us being the only Nike team from Canada, but we understand the pressure and what's at stake and we will rise to the occasion.
ZH: As a high school basketball player, what are your thoughts on the Aquille Carr situation?
RP: That's kinda been the talk between the players at our school. I honestly see no problem with Carr's situation because I personally feel I'm doing basketball to do something I love and to support my family and the earlier I can do that the better. The D-League move is also something to think about after hearing about Carr's situation.
ZH: What differences have you noticed in USA basketball compared to Canada? (Like style, pace, etc.)
RP: As the world is noticing, it's obvious Canada has talent when it comes to basketball, but the major difference is mainly the pace of the game. The US style of ball is a lot faster. One thing I also noticed is the hungrier a lot players in America are by watching them play or playing against them, you can intemperate basketball is the only thing he can do to get somewhere in life. Most players in Canada don't show that hunger in their game.
ZH: Who is the toughest player you’ve played against?
RP: I'd have to say Blake Griffin. That was crazy. Even though to this day he'll say I beat him fair and square, I honestly know he let me win, but every point he had was an ESPN top ten highlight. In high school, I'd have to say Fab Melo for Syracuse University the whole year (laughs). At Sagemont Academy, practice was literally a beat down on my part for the first couple weeks
ZH: Strongest part of your game and what needs work?
RP: I'd like to say my aggressiveness which allows me to out-work a lot of players that might be or seem to be more talented than I am. I need to work on my conditioning.
ZH: What are your thoughts on Marquette?
RP: Marquette seems to be a great school from my understanding. One of the guys on the coaching staff is a good friend of my mine and fellow Canadian Junior Cadougan is already on the squad, and the head coach is highly respected in the basketball world. Surely in my list of schools.
ZH: Is there a certain time you plan on making your decision on where to attend?
RP: Not at all, giving it some time, no decision any time soon.
ZH: Great interview, Richard!
RP: Anytime Zach.