Local product huge for Terps

With the commitment of four-star guard Roddy Peters, Mark Turgeon continues to put the Maryland Terrapins on the map.

The Maryland Terrapins set their sights high in the 2013 class when they targeted Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison. Obviously they came up short, but still the Terps were able to save face and add a huge, and very important piece to their backcourt on Tuesday morning when Roddy Peters joined the fold.

Maryland needed a point guard, they needed a statement local recruit from the DMV, and they got both of them in one moment when Peters committed to the school.

The missing piece of the 2013 Maryland backcourt was a real point guard who could control the game. Already there was an athlete wing in Dez Wells, a talented scorer in Nick Faust, and a pair of tough kids who can do a variety of things with Pe'Shon Howard and Seth Allen, and now there is that missing piece in Peters.

At 6-foot-4, Peters can make an impact on and off the ball. Currently he is at his best with the ball in his hands where he uses his savvy and understanding of the game to make plays. It is best said that Peters has an "old man game", in which he gets things done more with his brain than with his athleticism.

Also Peters is on the right track. The strides he has made in the last year have been impressive. He went from being a little bit of an afterthought on his own AAU team, to being the most highly thought of player on his high powered DC Assault unit.

Now Peters can combine with Wells, Faust, Allen, and Howard to give the Terrapins one of the best and most versatile backcourts in the country.

Wells is one of the best athletes in the country and Faust can absolutely light it up from deep. Beyond that Allen and Howard are score first type of players, so someone like Peters should give them some more balance in the backcourt.

More than anything though, this pledge proves that Mark Turgeon can land a key recruit from his back yard. Turgeon put together a staff with Dalonte Hill and Orlando "Bino" Ranson who are from Washington D.C. and Baltimore respectively to try and lockdown arguably the most talented area for hoops in the country.

While locking down the area is pretty much impossible and won't ever happen, this does give Maryland some talented local kids who should play starring roles. Faust from the Baltimore area and now Peters from the Washington D.C. area, Maryland is going to have players in key positions in big roles.

For years Maryland struggled with top kids in the area, and now little by little they seem to be gaining some momentum. Peters is the latest piece to the puzzle and his commitment his huge on the floor and almost as big in terms of building the pipeline that the Terrapin fans have been so desperate for over the last decade.

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