Peters feeling Washington

Richard Peters isn't shy about naming his favorite school. The 2012 center talks to about Washington, the other schools on his list and what he's trying to work on.

It's been an eventful recruiting process for 6-foot-10, 245-pound Phoenix Westwind center Richard Peters.

The big man started in the 2012 class, planned on enrolling early to be part of the 2011 class, and then ultimately opted with the original plan of being in 2012.

He was also committed to Oklahoma at one point, but backed out following the firing of previous head coach Jeff Capel.

Now firmly in 2012 and uncommitted, Peters has both a favorite and a plan to improve as a player.

In a class loaded with post prospects, Peters knows he has to keep working on his game.

"The 2011 class was limited in big men so there was so much attention around me," Peters said. "Now I'm back in the 2012 class and I have to work harder because the 2012 class has really good competition. There are players all over the country 6-9 and above. Andre Drummond, Isaiah Austin; there's a lot of great players out there so I've got to work harder."

In order to get to that next level, Peters has some stuff he's trying to get better at.

"Conditioning and foot speed," he said. "I'm working on my feet being faster so I can guard every position. A lot of big men right now can step out too. I don't want anyone to see me as a slow big so I'm working on my lateral quickness so I can defend all of these good prospects.

"I was 260 pounds before but I'm slimming down and now I need to get faster, faster and faster. I'm slimming down, taking gradual steps to get where I need to get."

Peters has a firm leader at this point, although he's also interested in some other schools which have offered.

"Right now my leader is Washington," he said. "I love Washington. The coaching staff is a great coaching staff and everybody over there is excited about me.

"I like Clemson too. Clemson is a good program. Missouri is cool; I like them too. Washington State, Tennessee, Marquette, Indiana, Seton Hall, Auburn, Alabama; there are a lot of schools. I'm interested in a lot of schools but some are my favorites because I have a connection with them."

When it comes to Washington, Peters has a close relationship with assistant Raphael Chillious, which has spearheaded the Huskies' recruitment of him.

"It's the coaching staff," Peters said. "Coach Chillious, I've known him since I was 16. My first major appearance in the American circuit was during an international All-American game and he was the one who coached me. He helped me reached my highest level and that really helped me out right there.

"I was a standout player and in the whole experience, coach Chillious really helped me. I didn't know coach (Lorenzo) Romar before I met coach Chillious but I know him now and he's a really good guy. The whole coaching staff and facilities are great over there."

Clemson assistant coach Rick Ray has made the Tigers a candidate, as well.

"With Clemson it's Rick Ray," Peters said. "Great recruiter, man. He talks to me and my mom. I have to give a thumbs up to Clemson."

Despite Washington's lead in the recruitment, Peters wants to take his time for now and not rush into anything. That said, he's not expecting to drag his recruitment out either.

"I won't say any time soon, but I know for a fact that knowing me, I don't like the whole long, long term recruiting stuff," Peters said. "I'm not going to be one of those guys who waits until the last day, but it won't be anytime soon.

"I just don't want to rush back into the recruiting stuff and commit right away. I don't want to commit so fast, but Washington is my leader right now."

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