Players who can stretch a defense out to the three point line and create offense for themselves and others are becoming more and more valuable in today's age of basketball. One prospect who fits that mold is Drew Peterson. Recently Peterson has seen an uptick in his recruitment, and a lot of coaches will be closely watching him this spring.
About his junior season, Peterson said, "Overall as a team we lost a lot of close games, but we really competed. Personally I think I played well. I averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. It didn’t go well in the win-loss column, but overall I was happy with my play."
On the recruiting trail right now he has a handful of offers, but more schools are beginning to take notice.
"I have offers from Loyola, Tulane, IUPUI, Kent State, and William & Mary," said Peterson. "Recently I just visited Stanford, and also I’ve seen Northwestern, Michigan, Purdue, Penn, and a few others."
About his recent visit to Stanford, Peterson said, "They said that I fit in with what they need. They are looking for shooters and playmakers so they feel I would fit in there. It was a great campus, and I really liked Coach (Jerod) Haase and the coaches so it was a great visit."
Beyond Stanford, earlier in the year Peterson visited a trio of Big Ten schools that have his attention.
When it comes to Northwestern, he said, "It was crazy to see them advance in the tournament. I was talking to Coach (Chris) Collins all through the season and I like that it is close to home, and also I am getting to know the players well."
About the trip to Michigan, Peterson responded, "I love Coach (John) Beilein. Michigan has an awesome campus, and obviously they are a great team who always plays well in March. It was a great visit for sure."
Also the Purdue Boilermakers have made themselves a factor in this recruitment, and Peterson enjoyed his trip to West Lafayette.
"Purdue won the Big Ten so that says a lot," noted Peterson. "It was crazy to go on that visit to see those guys and also their staff are great guys."
For now Peterson is focused on having a big spring with the Illinois Wolves, and it will be interesting to see which high-majors come forward with an offer to him.