Coach Alford Watches East Coast PG

With Mike Henderson approaching his last game for Iowa, the Hawkeye coaches are searching for a point guard to bring in during the late signing period. Coach Steve Alford got an up close view of one of the candidates Monday night in the Washington DC City Championship. Read all about it in this HN.com premium recruiting update.

Say DeMatha and those that follow high school basketball know you're talking about excellence.

The Stags soared to great heights under coaching legend Morgan Wootten and have continued that success under current bench boss Mike Jones. DeMatha has produced such names as Adrian Dantley, Danny Ferry, Keith Boggans, Joseph Forte and Sidney Lowe to name a few.

DeMatha is ranked in the National Top 10 for the third year in a row, and a key member of that squad is being recruited by Iowa. Point guard Jeff Peterson back out of a verbal commitment to Princeton and has opened up his options again.

"He's definitely being recruited by Iowa," Jones said.

Jones said that Iowa Coach Steve Alford attended DeMatha's (Washington D.C.) city championship game on Monday night at the Verizon Center when the Stags rolled over Cardona, 71-37, for its third title in a row. Peterson scored six points to go with eight assists and eight steals.

Peterson has started on the last two championship teams and played a major role as a sophomore off of the bench, Jones said. He was one of the rare players in DeMatha history to play four years of varsity ball.

"Jeff Peterson has been an absolute dream to have on the basketball team," Jones said. "He's a very good players and in the Top 5 percent of all of his senior class. You can tell by his original commitment to Princeton."

Jones said that his lead guard checks in at about 6-1 and 190 pounds. The coach said that Peterson averages about 15 points and nine assists a game.

Iowa is looking to find a point guard in late signing period. Jai Lucas is the top target, but Peterson and Marcus Walker of Indian Hills also appear to still be in the picture.

Iowa has only offered Lucas to this point.


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