Iowa Hosting DeMatha's Peterson

On Monday, Iowa Coach Steve Alford watched a point guard prospect play in the Washington DC city championship game. On Tuesday night, Jeff Peterson arrived in Iowa City on an official visit. See where the recruitment of this senior stands in this HN.com premium update.

Things appear to be moving quickly with DeMatha High point guard Jeff Peterson and Iowa.

Hawkeyes Coach Steve Alford watched the senior lead his team to a Washington DC city championship on Monday night and Peterson arrived in Iowa City for an official visit on Tuesday evening. He was expected at Iowa practice today and scheduled to leave for home on Thursday morning.

As of 2:15 Wednesday afternoon, Iowa had not extended a scholarship offer to Peterson, but when asked whether one was expected to be put out there on this visit, a source very close to the situation said, "It's close."

The Iowa coaching staff feels that Peterson might be a bit underrated and can help them next season. The Hawkeyes lose Mike Henderson to graduation and would like to get Tony Freeman more minutes at the shooting guard next season. They're hoping that combination of Freeman and Justin Johnson can ease the scoring burden created by the exit of Adam Haluska.

Peterson is a true point guard. He's not flashy, but steady at 6-1, 190. He is averaging about 15 points and nine assists for a team that ranks in the nation's Top 10 for a third year in a row.

Peterson originally verbally committed to Princeton before reopening his recruitment. He has ranked among the Top 5 percent of his DeMatha senior class academically and carries a 3.98 GPA.

There shouldn't be any clearinghouse issues with this kid.

Iowa is pushing hard to get a visit from Houston PG Jai Lucas, but it feels it can't keep waiting. The Hawkeyes need to secure a point guard, especially with the uncertain academic status of 2007 commitment, Dairese Gary, who needs the test score.

I would expect Peterson to get an offer on this Iowa visit and accept it.

Alford was impressed with the points guard's ability to run a team when he watched DeMatha on Monday night.

"(Peterson) wouldn't be (in Iowa City) if (Coach Alford) didn't like what he saw," the source said.


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