2012 Intro: Zach Peters

Despite being in the midst of his sophomore season, Zach Peters is taking a handful of high major visits. He was at an ACC school last weekend and is heading to a SEC school this coming weekend.

Zach Peters may be just a sophomore in high school. But that hasn't stopped the 6-foot-9, 220-pound post prospect from doing his homework early.

Recruiting began for Peters over a year ago and he's been given the opportunity to take a wide range of college visits. Already he's a few unofficial visits to Texas and spent some time at North Carolina last weekend.

Peters made the trip with close friend and Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian teammate Julius Randle. To go with touring the campus, they also took in Carolina's game against Georgia Tech.

"We got to sit front row, which was pretty cool," Peters said. "All of the North Carolina people were so nice. Before the game they did that 'Jump Around' thing and were dancing and the fans were crazy and were right on top of the court. I just think it would be really cool to play there."

Now Peters and his traveling partner – Randle – are set to visit Kentucky this weekend for the Wildcats match up against Arkansas. Following that visit, he'll head to Kansas and Oklahoma within the next month.

Peters listed a top six of North Carolina, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Baylor. He said of the schools on his list, he has built better relationships with the coaching staffs at UNC and Texas.

"I've gotten to know Rick Barnes and Roy Williams the most," Peters told Scout.com.

With Texas being close in proximity, Peters, a 2012 prospect, has been to a number of their games and has gotten the opportunity to get a good feel for their program and their head coach.

"Rick Barnes is real down to earth," he said. "That's what I like about him. He doesn't pressure you to do anything. He gets to know you first before he wants anything big to happen. He just talks about life and not even about basketball when we do talk. It's more of a personal relationship."

Although the recruiting process has clearly gotten off to an early start for Peters, he's unsure if he'll make an early decision and is just taking it all in at this point.

"I have thought about it, but every time I think about it, it makes me not want to think about it," Peters said. "Right now I'm just at the point where if I don't feel like it's right then I'm not going to do anything."

"I feel like I should get a feeling that I really want to go there," he added. "I don't know when that is going to come. Right now as far as committing I'm just enjoying the ride."

Peters has his father – Tim – handling majority of the recruiting calls and he said that's helped him enjoy the process more.

"My dad isn't pressuring me into anything. Actually nobody is. It's up to me on everything so that takes a lot of pressure off of it, which really helps me enjoy it."

Peters, a talented big man with a nice set of hands and an ability to score inside, has helped his team to a 27-3 record during his sophomore season.

"I think I'm playing the best I can right now," Peters said. "I'm being more aggressive. My ball handling has increased a lot since the beginning of the season and I've really worked on that."

"Over Christmas break I really started to kick it into gear. Our district is pretty weak, so it's kind of tough to get going. Over Christmas break when we started playing really good people I started playing up to my expectations."

Peters is averaging 15.5 points and nearly 10 rebounds a game.

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